Misquotation: ‘The English are a nation of shopkeepers’
An assessment now generally attributed to Napoleon, and certainly the comment was attributed to the ex-Emperor by his personal surgeon, Barry O’Meara, who was part of his houseful on St Helena. However, the association of English political power with commerce was already established, as is shown by this passage from The Wealth of Nations (1776) by the Scottish economist Adam Smith:
To found a great empire for the sole purpose of raising up a people of customers, may at first sight appear a project fit only for a nation of shopkeepers. It is, however, a project altogether unfit for a nation of shopkeepers; but extremely fit for a nation whose government is influenced by shopkeepers.
Image credit: ‘Shrewsbury, Old House On Pride Hill’, c. 1880, National Media Museum Collection, via Flickr Commons.
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Periodic Boing Boing contributor Michelle Catalano was internet-profiled and then raided at home by terrorism task force investigators who apparently found her internet browsing history suspicious, not that anyone's looking at the internet habits of innocent Americans, no, that's definitely not happening.
It was a confluence of magnificent proportions that led six agents from the joint terrorism task force to knock on my door Wednesday morning. Little did we know our seemingly innocent, if curious to a fault, Googling of certain things was creating a perfect storm of terrorism profiling. Because somewhere out there, someone was watching. Someone whose job it is to piece together the things people do on the internet raised the red flag when they saw our search history.
As a medical student, I really hope those-who-snoop have to review my Google image search history.
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