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  • W. shared from Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana
    September 22d; when, upon coming on deck at seven bells in the morning, we found the other watch aloft throwing water upon the sails; and looking astern, we saw a small clipper-built brig with a black hull heading directly after us. We went to work immediately, and put all the canvas upon the brig which we could get upon her, rigging out oars for studding-sail yards; and continued wetting down the sails by buckets of water whipped up to the mast-head, until about nine o'clock, when there came on a drizzling rain. The vessel continued in pursuit, changing her course as we changed ours, to keep...
    Note: Two Years Before the Mast, Richard Dana
  • W. shared from Shakedown: The Continuing Conspiracy Against the American Taxpayer by Steven Malanga
    In California, then-governor Gray Davis and a union-friendly state legislature passed a series of bills that swelled the number of state employees who could claim disability retirement benefits and also expanded the number of ailments automatically classed as job-related to include HIV, tuberculosis, and lower-back pain. The flood of new disability claims cost the state’s retirement system some $465 million over five years, much of which came out of taxpayers’ pockets.
    Note: The chickens are coming home to roost.
  • W. shared from The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy by Charles R. Morris
    With that kind of money at stake, what patriot could pass up the chance to defraud his fellow citizens?
    Note: Not me!!
  • W. shared from The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy by Charles R. Morris
    in 1877, and Gould stripped away the great railroad and telegraph holdings one by one, the way a wolf takes bites out of a running deer.
  • W. shared from The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy by Charles R. Morris
    the congressmen were exonerated on the theory that they hadn’t understood Ames’s intentions—as if congressmen as a class were entitled to a defense of diminished responsibility.
    Note: True today
  • W. shared from The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy by Charles R. Morris
    Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Gould personified the unlimited entrepreneurial opportunities suddenly opened by America’s vast resources and its freedom from constraints of class and caste. For the man of fierce business ambition and massive talent, it was the one place, and perhaps the one time, where he could push as far as he could possibly go.
    Note: Great book
  • W. shared from The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy by Charles R. Morris
    America was not only the most populous of industrial countries but the richest by any standard—per capita income, natural resource endowment, industrial production, the value of its farmlands and factories. It dominated world markets—not just in steel and oil but in wheat and cotton. It ran huge trade surpluses in goods, and was gaining preeminence in financial services. Its people were the most mobile, the most productive, the most inventive, and, on average, the best educated.
    Note: 1899 America
  • W. shared from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    “You propose to establish a social order based on the following tenets: that you’re incompetent to run your own life, but competent to run the lives of others—that you’re unfit to exist in freedom, but fit to become an omnipotent ruler—that
    Note: Hmmm B.O.
  • W. shared from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    “The problem of production, they tell you, has been solved and deserves no study or concern; the only problem left for your ‘reflexes’ to solve is now the problem of distribution. Who solved the problem of production? Humanity, they answer. What was the solution? The goods are here. How did they get here? Somehow.
    Note: You didn't build that..
  • W. shared from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    your double standard: it is immoral to live by your own effort, but moral to live by the effort of others—it is immoral to consume your own product, but moral to consume the products of others—it is immoral to earn, but moral to mooch—it
    Note: Well put
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