sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Do we live in the City of Brass?


Tax the rich, feed the poor? 'till there are no rich no more?


..They said: “Who has hate in his soul? Who has envied his neighbour? 
Let him arise and control both that man and his labour.” 
They said: “Who is eaten by sloth? Whose unthrift has destroyed him? 
He shall levy a tribute from all because none have employed him.” 
They said: “Who hath toiled, who hath striven, and gathered possession? 
Let him be spoiled. He hath given full proof of transgression.” 
They said: “Who is irked by the Law? Though we may not remove it. 
If he lend us his aid in this raid, we will set him above it!
So the robber did judgment again upon such as displeased him, 
The slayer, too, boasted his slain, and the judges released him. 
----Kipling, The City of Brass, written in 1909. Read the whole work at the link cited.



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4 comments:

  1. There are those - with the balls of a butterfly - who can only express themselves in a crowd. In that crowd they feel they can't be identified, and loose some of the heart-felt fear they can never face.

    Once they begin to be picked off, one by one, fear seeps into the crowd and it breaks up.

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  2. Good post and very timely... And way too true.

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  3. People who want to tax America and hurt her are in a minority. They will be defeated in 2012.

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  4. The Occupy people think they're original?

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