You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.
William J. H. Boetcker (often misattributed to Abraham Lincoln)
The system isn’t rewarding the right people: innovators and creators. Read more in this week’s column, Capitalism’s Fundamental Flaw.
This segment is a part in the series : Forbes Column 2009