10.07.2011: What is a Morton’s Fork?

A Morton’s Fork is a choice between two equally unattractive alternatives—a dilemma. The concept originated in 1487 under the rule of Henry the VII as a result of tax policy to ensure everyone paid taxes. The argument was because the rich had enough money to buy things they must have enough money to pay taxes, and the poor who had bought nothing had saved their money, and thus had money with which to pay taxes. The two prongs of the fork—back then forks only had two prongs.

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One Response to 10.07.2011: What is a Morton’s Fork?

  1. Tony says:

    Kind of like during elections…hmmm, which of the choices is less egregious? Yeah, that is the question (with apologies to William Shakespeare).

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