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October 8, 2011

Johnson Sez...

Observing some beggars in the street as we walked along, I said to him I supposed there was no civilized country in the world, where the misery of want in the lowest classes of the people was prevented.

'I believe, Sir, there is not; but it is better that some should be unhappy, than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of equality.' -- The Life of Samuel Johnson

Posted by Vanderleun at October 8, 2011 5:58 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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What Johnnson did not quite devine is that in a state of equality no man is happy and has even lost his understanding of what that is.

Posted by: james wilson at August 24, 2009 9:26 AM

Equality, it's good for the Kulaks.

Posted by: Peccable at October 9, 2011 10:05 AM

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