osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

Amusing juxtoposition

Former Republican Congressman Chip Pickering began a piece opposing the the AT&T-TMO merger with this quote:

"The Member of Parliament who supports every proposal for strengthening the monopoly is sure to acquire not only the reputation of understanding trade, but great popularity and influence with an order of men whose numbers and wealth render them of great importance. If he opposes them, on the contrary, and still more if he has the authority to be able to thwart them, neither the most acknowledged probity, nor the highest rank, nor the greatest public services can protect him from the most infamous abuse and detraction, from personal insults, nor sometimes from real danger, arising from the insolent outrage of furious and disappointed monopolists."

-Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations (1776)

Which, having been the object of some of that myself, prompted me to consider another worthy Briton's words.

He that hath a Gospel
For all earth to own --
Though he etch it on the steel,
Or carve it on the stone --
Not to be misdoubted
Through the after-days --
It is His Disciple
Shall read it many ways.

It is His Disciple
(Ere Those Bones are dust )
Who shall change the Charter,
Who shall split the Trust --
Amplify distinctions,
Rationalize the Claim;
Preaching that the Master
Would have done the same.

--R. Kipling, "The Disciple"

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