A selection of articles that I have enjoyed over the last few days…
More Capitalism, not less of it, is the Answer – Ian Birrell
What Data Can’t Do – David Brooks
Real Conservatives cut spending before taxes – Daniel Finkelstein
The Great Think-Tank Bubble – Ken Silverstein
Europe Needs Cameron’s Tough Love – Andrew Mitchell
Michael Gove Interview – Daily Mail
- You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
- You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
- You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
- You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
- You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
- You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
- You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
- You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
- You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
- And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.
This is a list of “Cannots”, originally authored by William J. H. Boetcker, an American Presbyterian minister. The list is often misattributed to Abraham Lincoln (due to a printing mistake in a pamphlet published in 1942). I’d not previously seen these – but I immediately like them.
Things that caught my eye from around the web…
– Cool Olympic Medal Counter (from Animal)
– How Much Are Olympic Medals Actually Worth? (via Deadspin)
– So Totally On My Mind (or is that Totes?) (via The American Scholar)
– Conservatives and the State (from Francis Fukuyama)
– Pastor Needs Guts, Spine (from Rod Dreher)
– Why Capitalism Has an Image Problem (by Charles Murray)