Tuesday, September 13, 2005
"As riches increase and accumulate in few hands, as luxury prevails in society, virtue will be in a greater degree considered as only a graceful appendage of wealth, and the tendency of things will be to depart from the republican standard. This is the real disposition of human nature; it is what neither the honorable member nor myself can correct. It is a common misfortunate that awaits our State constitution, as well as all others." -- Alexander Hamilton (speech to the New York Ratifying Convention,June 1788); Reference: The Works of Alexander Hamilton, Henry Cabot Lodge,ed., II, 26.
Originally posted at My Newz 'n Ideas.