Old Words, Still True: Who Said It? When?

On Social Security:

But after the public has reaped all the advantage of their service, and they come to be oppressed with age, sickness, and want, all their labours and the good they have done is forgotten, and all the recompense given them is that they are left to die in great misery. The richer sort are often endeavouring to bring the hire of labourers lower, not only by their fraudulent practices, but by the laws which they procure to be made to that effect, so that though it is a thing most unjust in itself to give such small rewards to those who deserve so well of the public, yet they have given those hardships the name and colour of justice, by procuring laws to be made for regulating them.

On Social Justice:

“… first, that they may, without danger, preserve all that they have so ill-acquired, and then, that they may engage the poor to toil and labour for them at as low rates as possible, and oppress them as much as they please; and if they can but prevail to get these contrivances established by the show of public authority, which is considered as the representative of the whole people, “

3 Responses to Old Words, Still True: Who Said It? When?

  1. socrata says:

    I bet it’s a really old guy, right. But so who already?

  2. Lichanos says:

    Thomas More, c. 1516.

  3. Several years ago, a local weekly published a quotation about how modern youths disrespect their elders, go against traditions and generally misbehave. It was from Socrates 2 600 years ago. Nihil novi sub sole, n’est-ce pas?.

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