Always worth repeating

Instapundit runs this Heinlein quote every year or so and I’ve always liked it.

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as “bad luck.”

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  1. Balzac

    Heinlein’s quote is apt. Poverty is normal. Human economic desires are infinite, as any economic textbook indicates. Liberals attempt to use government to combat poverty. Since the desires are infinite, the liberals will grow government infinitely, which is certain to lead to societal failure.

    Has anyone read Suicide of the West, by James Burnham, which is a startlng work of genius? Burnham proves that liberalism’s historic function is to provide for its believers a theory to justify the suicide of the capitalist west. Although Burnham wrote in 1964, he anticipated Obama, for whom liberalism provides the theory under which America’s leadership abroad and prosperity at home deserve to be relinquished.