The ten cannots and seven National crimes

  • You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  • You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  • You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
  • You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  • You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
  • You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
  • You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  • You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
  • You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
  • And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

Rev. William J. H. Boetcker 1916

Rev. Boetcker also had a set of the 7 national crimes

  • I don’t think.
  • I don’t know.
  • I don’t care.
  • I am too busy.
  • I leave well enough alone.
  • I have no time to read and find out.
  • I am not interested.


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One Response to The ten cannots and seven National crimes

  1. Speak2Truth says:

    Print these and distribute them to every High School in the nation. If you can’t get access to do so, give a few copies to your child to take to school and spread around.

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