On the drift to the left in South African policy making:
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
– P. J. O’Rourke
On certain young leaders in South African politics:
Fame is but the breath of the people, that is often unwholesome.
– Thomas Fuller 1732
On the much revered family of North American mythology – and a metaphor for the Ruling Alliance:
Sacred family! …. The supposed home of all the virtues, where innocent children are tortured into their first falsehoods, where wills are broken by parental tyranny, and self-respect smothered by crowded, jostling egos.
– August Strindberg 1886
On love – and the current state of the ANC/SACP/Cosatu alliance:
The voyage of love is all the sweeter for an outside stateroom and a seat at the Captain’s table.
– Henry Haskins 1940
On the global debt crisis and the Great Recession?
What is robbing a bank compared with founding a bank?
– Bertolt Brecht 1928
A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.
– Robert Frost
A woman can look both moral and exciting – if she looks as if it were quite a struggle.
– Edna Ferber 1954
The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule it.
– H.L. Mencken 1956
2 thoughts on “Some (more) light weekend contempt”
Allow me to add a word definition I learned today:
kakistocracy (n): Government under the control of a nation’s worst or least-qualified citizens
kak rulers, bru …. as I might have said as a younger man …