April 06, 2009
Pre-bribed

Today’s lesson is from G.K. Chesterton, a man of letters of practically every sort, from poetry to detective fiction. Does the passage below bring anyone to mind? Rubin? Gramm? Paulson? Geithner? Summers?

You will hear everlastingly, in all discussions about newspapers, companies, aristocracies, or party politics, this argument that the rich man cannot be bribed. The fact is, of course, that the rich man is bribed; he has been bribed already. That is why he is a rich man.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at April 06, 2009 11:59 AM
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Glad to see he didn't forget to mention newspapers (or MSM, as we say now). Maybe he was thinking of the old poem (maybe he wrote it):

Thank God you cannot bribe or twist
The honest British journalist,
But seeing what the man will do
Unbribed, there is no reason to.

Posted by: Fast Eddie on April 6, 2009 4:15 PM
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