Thursday, 18 June 2009

Quote of the Day: Art Carden on charity

On the occasion of Te Ururoa Flavell's bill seeing the light of day, here's some wisdom from Art Carden:
"Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll eat forever. Protect his private property rights to fish and he'll feed the world."


  1. Give a voter a fish and he'll demand chips too.

  2. Why did you give a voter a fish?

    Did he ask for a fish or did he demand it?

    If he asked for it, did you give it to him based on his needs?

    If he demanded it, why did you give it to him?

    If you gave him fish based on your judgment of his needs, and he turns around and demands chips, you made a bad decision in giving him fish in the first place.

  3. Just saw this; thanks for quoting. @Bernard: Excellent point, and one I'll likely borrow (with credit given, of course).


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