July 25, 2010
Snappy Aphorism Lizipedia Project - Share Your Entries!
John Hinderaker at Power Line has a great aphorism; he likes to say, "You cannot create wealth by subsidizing the inefficient production of energy."
I'll rewrite that slightly to make it snappier: You can't create wealth by subsidizing inefficiency.
I have my own saying which shares the basic structure of the Hinderaker Hypothesis: You can't create jobs by paying people not to work.
To be specific, the structure of this line of aphorisms is, You can't [achieve some obviously desirable goal] by [obviously inimical action that is nevertheless American policy]. Here are some others in that same format:
- You can't create freedom by removing choice.
- You can't feed the world by paying people not to grow food.
- You can't foster original thought by stifling dissent.
- You can't end mandatory government racism by racializing government mandates.
And here are some of a similar but shorter structure, You can't [counterproductive action] your way to [desireable outcome]:
- You can't tax your way to prosperity.
- You can't surrender your way to victory.
- You can't dictate your way to democracy.
So let's play Lizipedia: Please post in comments as many such aphorisms as you can concoct, putting them into one of these two formats. If we get enough, maybe we can compiled them into a long post; then truly, everything you need to know you could learn from Big Lizards!
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, July 25, 2010, at the time of 4:13 PM
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The following hissed in response by: RRRoark
You can't encourage thrift by devaluing the currency
The following hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh
I like it, but let's give it a little edit. How about: You can't spend a nation into solvency.
Is that the essence?
The above hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh at July 25, 2010 10:13 PM
The following hissed in response by: Geoman
You can't not and say you did.
You can't write a good aphorism without breaking a few legs.
The following hissed in response by: kentuckydan
You can't Appease you way to Peace
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