Todd Weber's Random Thoughts

December 2, 2010

The Forgotten Man

Filed under: Uncategorized — tkweber @ 4:12 pm

“As soon as A observes something which seems to him to be wrong, from which X is suffering, A talks it over with B, and A and B then propose to get a law passed to remedy the evil and help X. Their law always proposes to determine what C shall do for X or, in the better case, what A, B and C shall do for X…What I want to do is to look up C…I call him the Forgotten Man…He is the man who never is thought of. He is the victim of the reformer, social speculator, and philanthropist, and I hope to show you before I get through that he deserves your notice both for his character and for the many burdens which are laid upon him.” (William Graham Sumner, 1883. Quoted in Henry Hazlitt, “Economics in One Lesson,” p. 178)

We are quickly becoming a nation of forgotten men and women as the Welfare State continues its out-of-control growth.

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