19. September 2011 - 8:34
It is often said by conservatives or libertarians that people need to look out for themselves, that government should not grease the wheels in any way, whether for business or for people. I came across a statement that's a good counter to their position:
The great government we loved has too often been made use of for private and selfish purposes, and those who used it had forgotten the people. There has been something crude and heartless and unfeeling in our haste to succeed and be great. Our thought has been, "let every man look out for himself; let every generation look out for itself," while we reared giant machinery which made it impossible that any but those who stood at the levers of control should have a chance to look out for themselves.
Who do you think said this, and when did they say it? I'd be interested in hearing your ideas without Googling it to find the answer. I'll give the answer tomorrow.