“A foolish American myth has it that rich and super-rich are entrepreneurial Daniel Boones who decry the restraints of government and, as rugged individualists, fare forth to wrest fame and fortune from other like-minded souls. With some notable exceptions, nothing could be farther from the truth. In the main, the rich are the clever and adroit who understand the purposes and functions of government and bend it to their purposes. Government becomes a device, which they use to expand their fortunes, then hide behind to make certain their gains remain intact.”
Harry M. Caudill was an American author, historian, lawyer, legislator, and environmentalist from Letcher County, in the coalfields of southeastern Kentucky.