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.