Rich/Poor

The poor in their place

"The extension of modest privilege to a significant number - is the surest guarantor that they will support whatever needs to be done to preserve their position in the middle class and whatever is necessary to keep the poor in their place."

-- Jeremy Seabrook, Class, Caste & Hierarchies, p. 114

Universal innate desire

"All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income."
-- Samuel Butler

The love of money as a possession...

"The love of money as a possession--as distinguished from the love of money as a means to the enjoyments and realities of life--will be recognized for what it is, a somewhat disgusting morbidity, one of those semi-criminal, semi-pathological propensities which one hands over with a shudder to the specialists in mental disease."

-- John Maynard Keynes

If the rich...

"If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living."

-- Yiddish proverb

The working class, the ruling class, and War

"Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder.... the working class who fight all the battles, the working class who make the supreme sacrifices, the working class who freely shed their blood and furnish their corpses, have never yet had a voice in either declaring war or making peace. It is the ruling class that invariably does both. They alone declare war and they alone make peace....They are continually talking about their patriotic duty. It is not their but your patriotic duty that they are concerned about. There is a decided difference. Their patriotic duty never takes them to the firing line or chucks them into the trenches."

-- Eugene V. Debs
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