Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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Bad Luck

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as “bad luck.” - - - Robert Heinlein

Often that “tiny minority” has been the Jews.  One can track the prosperity and success of most Western, Mediterranean, and Arab nations through the arrival, freedom or persecution, and departure of their Jewish minority.



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