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  • "The danger is not an ever-expanding socialist state, per Hayek's road to serfdom, but of a move to economic feudalism, in which a small set of wealthy masters dominate markets and the state and subvert or outsmart efforts to regulate their behavior or rein them in."
    Richard B. Freeman (1943–), US labor economist
    Source: Quoted in the New York Times (February 19, 2012)
  • "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning."
    Warren Buffett (1930–), US entrepreneur and financier
    Source: New York Times (November 26, 2006)
  • "The quality of a society will be judged by what the least privileged in it achieves."
    Robert Greenleaf (19041990), US director of Management Research for AT&T and author
    Source: “Old Age: The Ultimate Test of the Spirit,” The Power of Servant Leadership (Larry Spears, ed, 1998)
  • "We have an underdeveloped democracy and overdeveloped plutocracy."
    Ralph Nader (1934–), US lawyer, consumer-rights campaigner, and presidential candidate
    Source: Economist (London) (1996)
  • "The trouble with a free market economy is that it requires so many policemen to make it work."
    Dean Acheson (18931971), US statesman
    Source: Quoted in the Observer (London) (May 26, 1985)
  • "Economic growth may one day turn out to be a curse rather than a good, and under no conditions can it either lead to freedom or constitute a proof for its existence."
    Hannah Arendt (19061975), US political philosopher
    Source: On Revolution (1963)
  • "The Affluent Society."
    J. K. Galbraith (19082006), US economist and diplomat
    Book title.
    Source: The Affluent Society (1958)
  • "No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimetre nearer."
    George Orwell (19031950), British novelist, critic, and essayist
    Source: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), pt. 2, ch. 9
  • "Idiots are always in favour of inequality of income (their only chance of eminence), and the truly great in favour of equality."
    George Bernard Shaw (18561950), Irish writer and critic
    Source: The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism (1928)
  • "Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the Earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it."
    Eugene V. Debs (18551926), US politician and labor union leader
    Statement to the Court after being convicted for violating the Sedition Act, Cleveland, Ohio
    Source: (September 18, 1918)
  • "Which of us … is to do the hard and dirty work for the rest—and for what pay? who is to do the pleasant and clean work, and for what pay?"
    John Ruskin (18191900), British art critic and writer
    Source: Sesame and Lillies (1865)
  • "All men are created equal … they are endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights … among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
    Thomas Jefferson (17431826), US president
    Source: “Declaration of Independence” (July 4, 1776)
  • "Freedom is a more complex and delicate thing than force. It is not as simple to live under as force is."
    Thomas Mann (18751955), German writer
    Source: Attributed

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