Ex America

Saturday, April 29, 2006
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Garet Garrett in one of my favorite essays the world over, Ex America, on keeping the masses fat and happy through monetary mischief:

By a long lure of planned grass a society of bisons may be decoyed to captivity in the Valley of Security.

In moments of uneasiness its bulls may be soothed by the voices of the herders saying: “You are free at any time to go back to the plains. Remember the grass there? It was poor and many of you were hungry.”

There is no going back, because, first, these gentle herders are rough with the few who try to start a stampede, and secondly, tame grass is sweet poison. From the eating of it the way of life on the plains is soon forgotton. To many whose stomachs were never so full before, even the memory of it is harrowing. If one asks, “But will the herders always be good to us?” another answers, “Nature was sometimes cruel.”

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