… in a free Nation where Slaves are not allow’d of, the surest Wealth consists in a Multitude of laborious Poor; for besides that they are the never-failing Nursery of Fleets and Armies, without them there could be no Enjoyment, and no Product of any Country could be valuable. To make the Society happy and People easy under the meanest Circumstances, it is requisite that great Numbers of them should be Ignorant as well as Poor. Knowledge both enlarges and multiplies our Desires, and the fewer things a Man wishes for, the more easily his Necessities may be supply’d.
Bernard Mandeville, The Fable of the Bees or Private Vices, Publick Benefits, 1714
Chicago is suing the Trump administration over its decision to revoke $4 million in STEM education grant funds that were earmarked for schools that predominantly serve poor Hispanic and black students. https://t.co/Mry2sdN0hP pic.twitter.com/9pX4lmKEWZ
— Jon Steingart (@jonsteingart) November 30, 2018