My idea was to bribe the working class, or shall I say, to win them over, to regard the state as a social institution existing for their sake and interested in their welfare…

Otto von Bismarck, Chancellor of the German Empire (1871-1890)

…and the Progressives (the first of these having been trained in aristocratic English and German universities) continue this traditional of bilking the public to give them the scraps off the table.