Monday, October 30, 2017
Plutocracy and Piracy
G.K. Chesterton, Illustrated London News
(January 7, 1928):
Certainly, if I have to choose between plutocracy and piracy, I prefer
the pirates; for that sort of crime necessitated some sorts of
virtue. The pirate who grew rich on the high seas at least
could not be a coward; the pirate who grows rich on the high
prices may be that, as well as everything else that is unworthy.
Besides, the old pirate was continually pursued by the law; the new pirate is not; he is as likely as not to be in Parliament making the law.
Art Young, Plutocracy