American Charter: 10 Things You Cannot Do

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Published on July 15, 2014 with No Comments

“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.” – Rev. William John Henry Boetcker

The Rev. William John Henry Boetcker was a Presbyterian minister and notable public speaker who served as director of the pro-employer Citizens’ Industrial Alliance, a position he held when, in 1916, he produced a booklet of “nuggets” from his lectures, which include maxims such as “We cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong” and “We cannot help the poor by kicking the rich.” Boetcker’s collection of maxims crystallized as the list of “Ten Things You Cannot Do.”

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