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”.
Blame Glenn Harlan Reynolds for the lack of a better citation. I drew this from his USAToday piece entitled “France’s Demographic Bad Luck” which discusses the skyrocketing rates of emmigration of French Jews to Israel.
Gee … do’ya think?
Via Newmark’s Door.