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Three ways for nations to acquire wealth

(Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002 -- CropChoice guest commentary) --

By A.V. Krebs
The AgriBusiness Examiner (http://www.ea1.com/CARP)


    "It is absolute insanity for us to lead ourselves or anybody else to believe that this nation can succeed in war when hundreds of thousands of parasites, the gamblers in the necessities of life, use the war only for the purpose of exacting exorbitant profits. We are working, not to beat the enemy, but to make more multi-millionaires."

    --- A.C. Townley, co-founder of the Non-Partisan League, Jamestown, North Dakota, July 9, 1917.

  • THREE WAYS FOR NATIONS TO ACQUIRE WEALTH "There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth: the first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors --- this is robbery; the second by commerce, which is generally cheating; the third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man received a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry."

    --- Benjamin Franklin, "Positions to be Examined Concerning National Health," April 4, 1769.