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  •  Honoré de Balzac Honoré de Balzac (1+ / 0-)
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    Le secret des grandes fortunes sans cause apparente est un crime oublié, parce qu'il a été proprement fait.

    The secret of great fortunes without apparent cause is a crime forgotten, for it was properly done.
    A variant, "Behind every great fortune there is a great crime," has appeared as a quotation of Balzac; but it may have originated in a paraphrase in The Oil Barons: Men of Greed and Grandeur (1971) by Richard O'Connor, p. 47: "Balzac maintained that behind every great fortune there is a great crime."

    Damned right. The only question is where the crime starts. For some it is at the beginning, for others, as their initial good luck starts to run out, it becomes the way to keep what they "rightfully" earned; never considering how much of what they (read we) have because it has been stolen from others.

    And yes, some come to their senses and tryt to "give back" but for many they can no longer give back to the original victims who are faceless and invisible and probably dead.

    Yes, Soros may be a current good guy, but his huge bets against the British pound, for example, damaged the lives of millions to whom he cannot ever give back the lost years, the damaged health, the impaired relationships, the vanished opportunities.

    Until inauguration day The USA is in the greatest danger it has ever experienced.

    by Deep Dark on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 08:10:44 PM PST

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