"Ultimately, however, as the Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter pointed out, a powerful bureaucratic class is in the same relation to commerce as was the scorpion in Aesop to the dog on whose back he crossed the river. They will destroy commerce and establish socialism, even if it kills them, because that is their nature."
John Derbyshire
(1945-) British-born American writer, journalist and commentator
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LOL, how true, how true ! ! ! great analogy, stated very well ! Karl Marx's "Religion is the opiate of the masses' here fits descriptively the religion of destructive socialism.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    The government wants us to depend solely on it. Obama care is an excellent example.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    The last sentence describes liberals to a T. It's in their nature.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    Beautiful and clear statement of fact.
     -- Mary - MI     
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    (Wasn't it a frog not a dog?) Simple enough. Some computer programs will destroy the computer -- garbage in, garbage out. There are some philosophies if followed will lead to slavery and death -- the trick is to know which beliefs are the most fatal.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Jeeze, get a clue, people! Classifying all bureaucrats (cops are bureaucrats) as closet socialists is one of the most ignorant statements of supposed "reason" I've ever encountered. It's only useful purpose, as is sadly evidenced here, seems to be in providing an excuse for people lacking in adequate critical perspective, to make themselves look like politically one-sided, sycophantic fools. Good 'choice', editors. Sheesh!
     -- Mann, Kalamazoo     
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    Mann, I'm not quite sure of your point. We here haven't been in your tight idiosyncratic circle enough to understand your currently specific interlocutions or colloquy. Cops do qualify as socialistic bureaucrats (not in or out of the closet but rather, blatant in your face enforcement agents of despotism and tyranny - Police departments were first introduced into Boston, NYC, and Philadelphia just before the war between the States by influence of the Fabian Socialist movement in Europe and the Northeast States. Prior to that, Police Departments were considered standing armies to enforce a foreign power's will.) Republicans are representing a fascist bureaucracy while Democrats a communist / fascist bureaucracy. Independents are usually in between some where with few there be that exist outside the bureaucratic norm. What is ignorant about that? Out of the 500 plus legislating bureaucrats (executive, judicial, & legislative) name me 10 non-socialist bureaucrats (that fight against compelled compliance, licensing, victimless crimes. larceny of the noble laborer's fruit, payments on titled property, confiscation of wealth through inflation, alienation of rights [ownership for one], and statist control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, products, etc.) The percentage doesn't get any better the further down the road you go.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    So sad that this is not obvious to everyone.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    All bureaucrats will by the nature of their (mostly useless) jobs tend to protect their turf and convolute the simplest things in order to justify themselves. No matter who we vote in or out...the entrenched bureaucracy rules on...
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    What is obvious is the the frog/dog is the socialist and the scorpion is capitalist.... Many of the comments above have no real idea what Socialism and Liberalism truly represents. You tell a single women whose husband ran off with his secretary, leaving her with the kids and has to hold down two jobs or more just to pay the rent (slum lords are returning) and eat and is unable to get Medicaid, so relies on ER services for her and the children for their healthcare. Capitalism has ruined the small towns - Libertarians have no idea what's going on in their your own backyard! It is the capitalist's that are responsible for the degradation of common values, and for polarizing the American people into a "them and us" society.
     -- Robert, Somewhere in Europe     
    Unadulterated economics, at Natural laws of Nature. HONEST economics. That is the balance for capitalism. but as we see Roberts stupidity and greed show forth. common values, of an immoral reprobate mindset, Are Not True Values based upon Honesty and Moral integrity of your fellow human being !
     -- Ronw13, USA     
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