Some readers noted that the quote by Belloc…

…that I noted here is basically making the same point Boccacio makes in The Decameron six centuries ago.

My reply: Belloc is not quoting, but he is cribbing. And more power to him! The great thing about being a Catholic writer is that you can plagiarize and call it “being faithful to the Tradition.”

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  • ivan_the_mad

    I was told years ago that it’s only plagiarism in the academy; in the workplace it’s called leveraging, and people do it all the time! :P

    Of course, I may be slightly biased here in my affection towards Belloc …

  • Mark R

    Norman Douglas once wrote that anyone can do this sort of thing with a classic as it is part of the patrimony of the West.


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