Posts in Social policy
Wish I'd said that - October 2, 2019

“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the industrious out of it. You don’t multiply wealth by dividing it. Government cannot give anything to anybody that it doesn’t first take from somebody else. Whenever somebody receives something without working for it, somebody else has to work for it without receiving. The worst thing that can happen to a nation is for half of the people to get the idea they don’t have to work because somebody else will work for them, and the other half to get the idea that it does no good to work because they don’t get to enjoy the fruit of their labor.”

Adrian Pierce Rogers, Ten Secrets for a Successful Family (1996) (according to Rogers, a conservative American pastor and author who served three terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is often credited with “You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it” but that formulation predates him and is of unknown origin).

Social policyJohn Robson
Wish I'd said that - September 25, 2019

“man’s capacity for love is severely limited by his imperfect nature. Far better, then, to economize on love, to reserve our dependence on it to those relationships where even our imperfect natures are capable of sustained action based on love. Far better, then, to build our economic system on largely impersonal relationships and on man’s self-interest – a motive power with which he is generously supplied.”

Benjamin A. Rogge (in some publication from The Freeman; my old note identifying the source is alas now incomprehensible)