Public Opinion Is the Scarecrow of Society

Public Opinion Is the Scarecrow of Society

Dickson WattsAttributed to Dickson G. Watts, president of the New York Cotton Exchange from 1878 to 1880, who wrote "Speculation as a Fine Art and Thoughts on Life," this cryptic button, like many from the Contrary Opinion Forum, points to the value of standing apart from the herd. Public opinion reinforces the fears that prevent most investors from harvesting the fruits of the garden. Yet public opinion is no more than a man made of straw.

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