Hazlitt’s Sentence, Helmut Schoeck’s Word

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Bill, Hazlitt hits the nail on the head. That’s why there are two Commandments prohibiting not only theft itself, but the prideful envy that the covetous rely on as their justification for stealing.

Helmut Schoeck wrote an entire fascinating work on that single powerful threat to liberty, Envy. Well worth a read.

And speaking of single sentences, here’s Karl’s, justifying his entire ideology. Every word is packed with error and envy, and a lot of folks around the world have unconsciously swallowed it whole:

“The history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of class struggle.”

7:56 am on March 22, 2009