Ten Cannots

 In 1916,William J.H. Boetcker a minister and outspoken advocate for liberty,  published a pamphlet entitled The Ten Cannots.

  • You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

  • You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

  • You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.

  • You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.

  • You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

  • You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.

  • You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

  • You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.

  • You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.

  • And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves

2 comments… add one
  • Excellent, Perry! Now, if you could get our government to subscribe to and implement these key principles we might make some improvement. Great article and thanks.

  • Very powerful

    Have a Great Day

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