Paul Craig Roberts Quote

“In U.S. politics, 'compassion' means giving money and privileges to well organized interest groups at everyone else's expense.”

~ Paul Craig Roberts

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

Ahh yes, 5 stars for accuracy, thumbs down for what it designates. It takes a conservative to implement failed liberal policies.

J Carlton, Calgary

"Men naturally rebel against the injustice of which they are victims. Thus, when plunder is organized by law for the profit of those who make the law, all the plundered classes try somehow to enter -- by peaceful or revolutionary means -- into the making of laws. According to their degree of enlightenment, these plundered classes may propose one of two entirely different purposes when they attempt to attain political power: Either they may wish to stop lawful plunder, or they may wish to share in it." -- Frederic Bastiat, from "The Law"

jim k, austin,tx

I've often wondered why we consider some politician a statesman when he steals (taxes) from one person and gives it to another.

E Archer, NYC

Pretty much.

Me Again, Your Town,USA

In US Politics, True compassion does not exist in it's true form so I say this quote is a bunch of nonsense.

O. Delusional Liberal

True, unfortunately.

Robert, Somewhere in Europe

Yes! I do agree, it is a misuse of the word "compassion" but it conveys the intent.. Socialism, for instance, exists in America but not for the people but for corporatism and big government. Our military, government, and the banks, are the biggest recipients of socialism NOT THE PEOPLE. The hypocrisy in America is rampant at the water cooler....

Mary - MI
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Mary - MI    5/23/16

Robert, Somewhere in Europe. - Socialism exists not only at the corporate government level, for the banks and with the military .. but it also lies within the creation of causing the PEOPLE to become unlawfully and simperingly dependent on a government Welfare System that steals and plunders the fruits of others labor.
Charity comes from and should remain with the conscience and generosity of the individual and not through and by the theft of any governments edict. If you believe otherwise ... then please stay "Somewhere in Europe" ... Because... the sovereign U.S. was founded upon as a Limited Government Republic and the constitutionally protected natural born Unalienable Rights of the Individual.
-- "But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime." -- Frederic Bastiat

Robert, Somewhere in the USA

Mary, you are so wrong: The rape and pillage that capitalism has perpetrated in the US people is so blatant - America suffers from cognitive dissonance, if they think they are in a society that cares for its people. Most Americans have paid into the welfare system and are being paid back on their investment.
And as for generosity of the American people - you must be joking - America has one of the worse records in the west for providing help to offset minimum wage and providing financial assistance to those in need. I see you very wisely skirt my argument with regards to the Military, government and corporate America being the biggest, by far, of a socialist system. Over 50 percent of our tax dollar goes on the military Industrial complex, we have politicians now becoming billionaires, we corruption rife within our government, we have invaded the sovereignty of other nations, we have caused the death of millions because of greed and the pillage of resources, and you have the nerve to say all this is because people are unlawful and simperingly dependent on a government welfare system - what a hypocrite you are. If we relied on the generosity of the people the poverty that is currently rampant in the US would be even greater. I suggest I am the true patriot and you madam need a history lesson.... I just hope for your sake and the rest of America (and the world) that Bernie becomes the next President otherwise you may need somewhere in Europe....

Robert, Somewhere in the USA

We need an economy for everyone not just the rich:

jim k, Austin

Robert, you need to change your address to "Somewhere in lala land."


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