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A Burden to the Poor
By Richard Girard
" And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; 'Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.' And Jesus said unto him, 'This day is salvation come to this house, for so much as he also is a son of Abraham.'"
The Gospel According to St. Luke; 19:8-9, King James Bible ; The only instance in the Four Gospels where Jesus of Nazareth praises a wealthy man for how he uses his wealth.
" To suppose such a thing possible as a society, in which men, who are able and willing to work, cannot support their families, and ought, with a great part of the women, to be compelled to lead a life of celibacy, for fear of having children to be starved; to suppose such a thing possible is monstrous."
William Cobbett (1762--1835), English journalist, reformer. "To Parson Malthus," in Political Register (London, May 8, 1819; reprinted in The Opinions of William Cobbett, chapter 9, edited by G. D. H. and Margaret Cole, 1944).
" Poverty in itself does not make men into a rabble; a rabble is created only when there is joined to poverty a disposition of mind, an inner indignation against the rich, against society, against the government."
Georg W. F. Hegel (1770--1831), German philosopher. The Philosophy of Right, "The State," Addition 149 (1821; translated 1942).
I was talking with my uncle the other day, and I mentioned to him my November 15, 2012 OpEdNews article "Marxism for Fun and Profit." I had originally written the article for and given it to my niece (his grandniece) for her twenty-first birthday, to help her with a sociology class in college. (The work I put in was worth my effort: the information from my article helped her pull her grade up from a "C" to a very strong "B." All humility aside, it was probably one of the more useful gifts a twenty-one year old college student has ever received from an uncle that did not involve large sums of cash or a set of keys.)