“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 A. Heinlein


It has always amazed my that the people who want the government to do a few important things, and to do them well, are called “anti-government,” while those who want the government to do many things, all of them badly, are not. — Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit.com