…with libertinism for the rich and draconian punishment for the weak.
And so we see again the new Guilded Age – where money talks and walks and everyone else pays.
Was that stroke of brilliance or a serendipitous typo?
On the question of liberty, as a principle, we are not what we have been. When we were the political slaves of King George, and wanted to be free, we called the maxim that “all men are created equal” a self evident truth; but now when we have grown fat, and have lost all dread of being slaves ourselves, we have become so greedy to be masters that we call the same maxim “a self evident lie.”
— Abraham Lincoln, August 15, 1855, in a letter to George Robertson