Thursday, September 30, 2010

Nature does not bestow virtue - Seneca

Nature does not bestow virtue; to be good is an art.
-- Seneca Ad Lucilium Epistulae Morales

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Another bogus quote: "It is the duty of every patriot to protect his country from its government."

This quote has long since gone viral, plastered all over the WWW and mistakenly attributed to Thomas Paine. You won't find it in any of Paine's works because he simply never said nor wrote it. The actual quote is (drum roll, please) .....

“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” Edward Abbey A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis en Deserto) : Notes from a Secret Journal (1990) ISBN 0312064888

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Thomas Paine on wealth and economic justice.

"I care not how affluent some may be, provided that none be miserable
in consequence of it. But it is impossible to enjoy affluence with the
felicity it is capable of being enjoyed, while so much misery is
mingled in the scene.

The sight of the misery, and the unpleasant sensations it suggests,
which, though they may be suffocated cannot be extinguished, are a
greater drawback upon the felicity of affluence than the proposed ten
per cent upon property is worth.

He that would not give the one to get rid of the other has no charity,
even for himself.

There are, in every country, some magnificent charities established by
individuals. It is, however, but little that any individual can do,
when the whole extent of the misery to be relieved is considered.
He may satisfy his conscience, but not his heart. He may give all that
he has, and that all will relieve but little. It is only by organizing
civilization upon such principles as to act like a system of pulleys,
that the whole weight of misery can be removed."

-Thomas Paine, Agrarian Justice, 1797.

Glenn Beck -- recent Beckapalooza

By any credible source, he only mustered about 85,000 + or - to his latest Beckapalooza. That's penny-ante. The concern of people like you and I must be for the demagogue to come who will, if Amerika continues down its present course, head a legion of hatred and fear much greater and more disastrous to Progressives and indeed all honest citizens.