Handouts and pickpockets : our government gone berserk by William P. Hoar

By William P. Hoar

Handouts and Pickpockets chronicles the shameful, un-American guidelines and practices of our once-glorious republic, now decreased to an overgrown, autocratic Nanny nation. yet, much more appalling is Hoar's discovering that this decline isn't really unintended, yet deliberate.

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Lest you think these types of methods are simply ancient history, consider that the modern IRS still pays informers a portion of the take; poli- 58 William P. Hoar ticians with great fanfare release copies of returns showing how much they pay and to highlight their charitable donations; Internal Revenue employees have quotas to meet, though they don't like to talk much about them; and, fraud convictions are set up, for maximum exposure, to occur just before those Forms 1040 are due in the middle of each April.

25. , Paleolithic Man, 153 26. Durant, Oriental Heritage, 363. 27. , Columbia History, 170. 28. Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War (New York: Bantam, 1960), 129. In a speech attempting to vindicate his policy to the exasperated Athenians, who blamed him for persuading them to war, Pericles told them that they "had an empire to lose," and that it wasn't simply a matter of freedom or slavery. "Neither can you resign your power, if, at this crisis, any timorous or inactive spirit is for thus playing the honest man.

In fact, the Founding Fathers often found from their studies just the reverse: what to avoid. For all that we owe to Rome for codifying law, for instance, must be balanced against its despotism, persecution of Christians, and authoritarianism. How and why Rome "fell" has been a matter of speculation for eons. "28 No doubt. Yet, even after Rome's soi-disant fall, much of the legacy remained—through the offices of the Eastern Empire, headquartered in Constantinople, and was carried along even in the West with the rise of Christianity.

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