Class Warfare Quotes

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1. “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

Tags : Class Class Struggle Class Warfare Conspiracy Denial Ignorance Inequity Justice Oppression Society Society Denial

2. “For nearly four years you have had an Administration which instead of twirling its thumbs has rolled up its sleeves. We will keep our sleeves rolled up. We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace--business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering. They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.”

Tags : Administrations Banking Business Class Warfare Elections Finance Government Money Politics Presidency President United States Of America Wealth

3. “How reprehensible it is when those blessed with commodities insist on ignoring the poor. Better to torment them, force them into indentured servitude, inflict compulsion and blows—this at least produces a connection, fury and a pounding heart, and these too constitute a form of relationship. But to cower in elegant homes behind golden garden gates, fearful lest the breath of warm humankind touch you, unable to indulge in extravagances for fear they might be glimpsed by the embittered oppressed, to oppress and yet lack the courage to show yourself as an oppressor, even to fear the ones you are oppressing, feeling ill at ease in your own wealth and begrudging others their ease, to resort to disagreeable weapons that require neither true audacity nor manly courage, to have money, but only money, without splendor: That’s what things look like in our cities at present”

Tags : City Class Warfare Courage Cowardice Inequality Money Neighborhoods Oppression Poor Poverty Urban Urbanization Wealth
Author : Robert Walser
Source : The Tanners

4. “What sense would it make to classify a man as handicapped because he is in a wheelchair today, if he is expected to be walking again in a month, and competing in track meets before the year is out? Yet Americans are generally given 'class' labels on the basis of their transient location in the income stream. If most Americans do not stay in the same broad income bracket for even a decade, their repeatedly changing 'class' makes class itself a nebulous concept. Yet the intelligentsia are habituated, if not addicted, to seeing the world in class terms.”

Tags : Class Class Warfare Politics Poverty
Author : Thomas Sowell
Source : The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy

5. “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

Tags : Class Struggle Class Warfare Economics Economics Greed Economics Money Inequality Occupy Wall Street Politics Poor Rich The One Percent

6. “In regards to the price of commodities, the rise of wages operates as simple interest does, the rise of profit operates like compound interest. Our merchants and masters complain much of the bad effects of high wages in raising the price and lessening the sale of goods. They say nothing concerning the bad effects of high profits. They are silent with regard to the pernicious effects of their own gains. They complain only of those of other people.”

Tags : Business Class Warfare Economics Labor Money Profit
Author : Adam Smith
Source : The Wealth of Nations

7. “When Republicans recently charged the President with promoting 'class warfare,' he answered it was 'just math.' But it's more than math. It's a matter of morality.Republicans have posed the deepest moral question of any society: whether we're all in it together. Their answer is we're not.President Obama should proclaim, loudly and clearly, we are.”

Tags : Barack Obama Class Warfare Conservatism Economics Liberalism Mathematics Morality Politics Republican Party United States Society United States

8. “We Americans are not usually thought to be a submissive people, but of course we are. Why else would we allow our country to be destroyed? Why else would we be rewarding its destroyers? Why else would we all — by proxies we have given to greedy corporations and corrupt politicians — be participating in its destruction? Most of us are still too sane to piss in our own cistern, but we allow others to do so and we reward them for it. We reward them so well, in fact, that those who piss in our cistern are wealthier than the rest of us.How do we submit? By not being radical enough. Or by not being thorough enough, which is the same thing.”

Tags : American Culture Aux Armes Citoyens Class Warfare Liberalism Plutocracy Politics Right Wing Oppression Right Wing Thuggery
Author : Wendell Berry

9. “Those who are most sensitive about "politically incorrect" terminology are not the average black ghetto-dweller, Asian immigrant, abused woman or disabled person, but a minority of activists, many of whom do not even belong to any "oppressed" group but come from privileged strata of society.”

Tags : Activism Censorship Class Warfare Emotions And Attitude Freedom Of Speech Gender Feminism Hypocrisy Hypocrisy In Everyone Immigrant Experience Immigrants Insanity Oppression Oppressors Patronization Patronizing Political Correct Crap Political Correctness Political Insanity Politically Correct Politics Politics Insanity Post Feminism Privilege Sensitivity Society Thinking White Privilege
Source : Industrial Society and Its Future

10. “It started off very underprivileged, but got more affluent.' Amis suddenly smiles to himself, remembering a moment with his father. 'I remember saying – I'm very interested in class, generally – when I was going to this grammar full of Old Etonians – I remember asking my father if we were nouveau riche, and he replied: 'Well, we're very nouveau, but not very riche.' Which is about the size of it.”

Tags : Aspirational Class Class Warfare Eton Martin Amis Nouveau Riche
Source : The Martin Amis Interview

11. “But to a Vietnamese peasant whose home means a lifetime of back-breaking labor, it will take more than presidential promises to convince him that we are on his side.”

Tags : 1960S Class Warfare Imperialism Politics Racism Vietnam Vietnam War War
Author : Morley Safer

12. “If you had enough money, you could hardly commit crimes at all. You just perpetrated amusing little peccadilloes.”

Tags : Class Warfare Funny But True
Source : Men at Arms

13. “The name Atlantis came from an old book Victoria had never read. A lifetime residency in the ASM paradise was rumored to cost anywhere from 15 to 20 million dollars. The rich and powerful lived under the dome because they considered themselves separate and superior. Few of them left the comfort and security of Atlantis. To them the outside world was weak. Second Sector citizens where miscreant dregs of a defunct society. In order to enter the Atlantian dome one first had to be cleared by a resident. Gate security personnel strictly enforced this rule, even when outsiders carried a badge and gun.”

Tags : Class Warfare Cops Science Fiction
Source : Atlas

14. “I hate my country. There are so many rich people who don't share their shit. They're like spoiled little ten-year-old bullies on the playground. They hog the monkey bars and the slide and the seesaw. And if you complain even a little bit, if you try to get just one spin on the merry-go-round, the bullies beat the shit out of you.”

Tags : Bullies Class Divide Class Warfare Greed Poverty Poverty Wealth Rich Vs Poor Wealth
Source : Flight

15. “Except for the field organizers of strikes, who were pretty tough monkeys and devoted, most of the so-called Communists I met were middle-class, middle-aged people playing a game of dreams. I remember a woman in easy circumstances saying to another even more affluent: 'After the revolution even we will have more, won't we, dear?' Then there was another lover of proletarians who used to raise hell with Sunday picknickers on her property.I guess the trouble was that we didn't have any self-admitted proletarians. Everyone was a temporarily embarrassed capitalist. Maybe the Communists so closely questioned by the investigation committees were a danger to America, but the ones I knew—at least they claimed to be Communists—couldn't have disrupted a Sunday-school picnic. Besides they were too busy fighting among themselves.”

Tags : 1960 Bourgeois Class Struggle Class Warfare Communists Frequently Misquoted Hypocrisy Socialism
Source : America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction

16. “To hell with the rich, they make me sick.”

Tags : Class Warfare

17. “It's great having Bruce Springsteen on my show. We have so much in common! We're both from New Jersey, just from different neighborhoods. Sort of like how Martin Luther King and Margaret Mitchell both came from Atlanta. But from different neighborhoods.”

Tags : Class Warfare Humor
Author : Jon Stewart
Source : America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

18. “I chiefly concern myself with those who seldom get a hearing, & I don't feel it is incumbent on me to balance their voices with the well-crafted apologetics of the powerful. The powerful are generally excellently served by the mainstream media or propaganda organs. The powerful should be quoted, yes, but to measure their pronouncements against the truth, not to obscure it.”

Tags : Class Warfare Journalism Power Truth
Author : Joe Sacco
Source : Journalism

19. “The lords themselves are responsible for making the poor people their enemy. They do not want to remove the cause of insurrection, so how, in the long run, can things improve?”

Tags : Class Warfare
Source : Tratados Y Sermones

20. “Admit that there is some level that would make even you call yourself the victim of class war.”

Tags : Class War Class Warfare
Author : David Brin

21. “Culture and collars had gone together, to him, and he had been deceived into believing that college educations and mastery were the same things.”

Tags : Class Warfare Culture Education Illusion
Author : Jack London
Source : Martin Eden

22. “The problem is just too big to solve. This life is much easier if we all just pretend to have a heart.”

Tags : Class Warfare Social Commentary
Author : E.P. Shelky
Source : Streets of Gold: A War of the Classes

23. “People naturally despise a dependant.”

Tags : Class Warfare
Source : A Traveler from Altruria

24. “We have got into the habit of admiring colossal bandits, whose opulence is revered by the entire world, yet whose existence, once we stop to examine it, proves to be one long crime repeated ad infinitum, but those same bandits are heaped with glory, honors, and power, their crimes are hallowed by the law of the land, whereas, as far back in history as the eye can see—and history, as you know is my business—everything conspires to show that a venial theft, especially of inglorious foodstuffs, such as bread crusts, ham, or cheese, unfailingly subjects its perpetrator to irreparable opprobrium, the categoric condemnation of the community, major punishment, automatic dishonor, and inexpiable shame, and this for two reasons, first because the perpetrator of such an offense is usually poor, which in itself connotes basic unworthiness, and secondly because his act implies, as it were, a tacit reproach to the community. A poor man’s theft is seen as a malicious attempt at individual redress . . . Where would we be? Note accordingly that in all countries the penalties for petty theft are extremely severe, not only as a means of defending society, but also as a stern admonition to the unfortunate to know their place, stick to their caste, and behave themselves, joyfully resigned to go on dying of hunger and misery down through the centuries forever and ever …”

Tags : Class Warfare Poverty Theft
Source : Journey to the End of the Night

25. “subordinate groups are often pitted against one another in ways that draw attention away from the system of privilege that hurts them all.”

Tags : Class Warfare Race Relations
Source : Privilege, Power, and Difference

26. “Rich or poor, money rules with an iron fist.”

Tags : Class Warfare Elitism Middle Class Money Poor Power Rich Wealthy
Author : Gary Hopkins

27. “Physical development was alleged to assist spiritual and intellectual development, while also helping safeguard boys from the 'solitary and sexual sin' of masturbation.”

Tags : Class Warfare Hilarious History Masculinity Morality
Author : Martin Crotty
Source : Making the Australian Male: Middle-Class Masculinity 1870���1920

28. “As [President Thomas] Jefferson realized, with no government interference by setting the rules of the game of business and fair taxation, there could be no broad middle class—maybe a sliver of small businesses and artisans, but the vast majority of us would be the working poor under the yolk [sic] of elites.The Economic Royalists know this, which gets to the root of why they set out to destroy government's involvement in the economy.After all, in a middle-class economy, they may have to give up some of their power, and some of the higher end of their wealth may even be "redistributed"—horror of horrors—for schools, parks, libraries, and other things that support a healthy middle-class society but are not needed by the rich....As Jefferson laid out in an 1816 letter...a totally "free" market, where corporations reign supreme just like the oppressive governments of old, could transform America 'until the bulk of the society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering. Then begins, indeed, the bellum omnium in omnia, which some philosophers observing to be so general in this world, have mistaken it for the natural, instead of the abusive state of man.”

Tags : Banksters Class Warfare Corporatism Economic Illiteracy
Author : Thom Hartmann
Source : The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America--and What We Can Do to Stop It

29. “The year Reagan was sworn into office, 1981, the United States was the largest importer of raw materials in the world and the world's largest exporter of finished, manufactured goods. ... Today, things are totally reversed: We are now the world's mining pit, the largest exporter of raw materials, and the world's largest importer of finished, manufactured goods.This has resulted in an enormous trade imbalance, one that has grown from a modest $15 billion deficit in 1981 to an enormous $539 billion deficit by 2012.”

Tags : Banksters Class Warfare Corporatism Economic Illiteracy Progressive Social Policy Tax Cuts
Author : Thom Hartmann
Source : The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America--and What We Can Do to Stop It

30. “In the 1992 presidential debate, third-party candidate Ross Perot famously warned about a 'giant sucking sound' of American jobs going south of the border to low-wage nations once trade protections were dropped.Perot was right, but no one in our government listened to him.Tariffs were ditched, and then Bill Clinton moved into the White House...He continued Reagan's trade policies and committed the United States to so-called free-trade agreements such as GATT, NAFTA, and the WTO, thus removing all the protections that had kept our domestic manufacturing industries safe from foreign corporate predators for two centuries.”

Tags : Banksters Class Warfare Corporatism Economic Illiteracy
Author : Thom Hartmann

31. “With the help of prominent media outlets, the Royalists, now a political minority, would engage in a scorched-earth strategy to defeat a coming Progressive Revolution, even if it meant crashing the United States as we know it. If they were going down, then the rest of the nation was going down with them.Which is exactly what happened.”

Tags : Class Warfare Corporatism Economic Illiteracy Political Strategy Teabillies Tealiban
Author : Thom Hartmann
Source : The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America--and What We Can Do to Stop It

32. “The animals were happy as they had never conceived it possible to be. Every mouthful of food was an acute positive pleasure, now that it was truly their own food, produced by themselves and for themselves, not doled out to them by a grudging master. With the worthless parasitical human beings gone, there was more for everyone to eat. There was more leisure too, inexperienced though the animals were.”

Tags : Class Warfare Comedy Economic Illiteracy Politics Satire Work Ethic
Author : George Orwell
Source : Animal Farm

33. “Raging crime, class warfare, invasive immigrants, light morals, public misbehavior. Always we convince ourselves that the parade of unwelcome and despised is a new phenomenon, which is why the phrase "the good old days" has passed from cliché to self-parody.”

Tags : Class Warfare Cliches Crime Exclusion Immigration Morals Nostaliga Parody Prejudice Self Deception Social Change Social Norms Society Xenophobia
Author : Anna Quindlen
Source : Imagined London: A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City

34. “8 April 1891The obscenity of nostrils and mouths; the ignominious cupidity of smiles and women encountered in the street; the shifty baseness on every side, as of hyenas and wild beasts ready to bite: tradesmen in their shops and strollers on their pavements. How long must I suffer this? I have suffered it before, as a child, when, descending by chance to the servant's quarters, I overheard in astonishment their vile gossip, tearing up my own kind with their lovely teeth.This hostility to the entire race, this muted detestation of lynxes in human form, I must have rediscovered it later while at school. I had a repugnance and horror for all base instincts, but am I not myself instinctively violent and lewd, murderous and sensual? Am I any different, in essence, from the members of the riotous and murderous mob of a hundred years ago, who hurled the town sergeants into the Seine and cried, 'String up the aristos!' just as they shout 'Down with the army!' or 'Death to the Jews!”

Tags : Army Base Instincts Baseness Beast Class Warfare Decadence Decadent French Revolution Gossip Jews Lewd Misanthropy Murderous Obscenity Sensual Servant Violent
Author : Jean Lorrain
Source : Monsieur De Phocas

35. “I may say this is a deluded generation, veiled with ignorance, that tho[ugh] popery and slavery be riding in upon them, do not perceive it; tho[ugh] I am sure there was no man born marked of God above another, for none comes into the world with a saddle on his back, neither any booted and spurred to ride him.”

Tags : Class Struggle Class Warfare Status

36. “If an American worker saw you driving a Cadillac, he worked to. earn enough to buy one for himself; the English worker, on the other hand, sought to deprive you of yours.”

Tags : Class Warfare Envy