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Samizdata quote of the day

“The forgotten man… He works, he votes, generally he prays, but his chief business in life is to pay.”

William Graham Sumner
, from his essay, The Forgotten Man. Its relevance for our own time is unmistakable.

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3 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • DavidC

    I would like the government and employers to consider paying all employees weekly instead of monthly.

    I believe this would reduce the tendenacy for the ‘forgottan man’ to build a surplus of monies; would stimulate spending; eventually redude taxes, and diminish the size burden of natonal debt.

  • RKV

    Great article. Thanks for posting, and it’s clear the same do-gooder impulse is alive today. And David, surely you jest.

  • Paul Marks

    The New Dealers (only twenty years or so after W.G.S. died) were not content with stealing the money of the Forgotten Man – they stole his name as well.

    In the 1930’s the words “the Forgotten Man” were used to mean whatever people the government wanted to give stolen money to.

    In the 1960’s the “Great Society” (the 18th century term for civil society) was used to mean government welfare programs.

    The left have not just stolen the word “liberal” – they will steal anything they can get their paws on.