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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Mark Twain on Congress

In his recently published autobiography, Mark Twain writes about an organization he assisted to help adult blind persons find employment:

It will do for the adult blind what Congress and the several legislatures do so faithfully and with such enthusiasm for our lawless railway corporations, our rotten beef trusts, our vast robber dens of insurance magnates; in a word, for each and all of our multimillionaires and their industries - protect them, take watchful care of them, preserve them from harm like a Providence, and secure their prosperity, and increase it.

Change the names of the industries a bit (e.g., "banks" for "railroads" and "oil companies" for "beef trusts") and nothing much has changed, I suppose. It's a rather depressing thought.

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