"The next Monday the class discussed socialism and capitalism. John proposed that only bees, termites and ants were true socialists and that, fundamentally, capitalists get it wrong because the one true fact about wealth was that it was finite like the material universe; and therefore the accrual of wealth did double duty as an engine of poverty."
"We can always hire another miner, we gott'a buy another mule."
--Coal company foreman explaining why the coal companies always more concerned about the welfare of their mules than their miners. (This also explains why Capitalism is more profitable than slavery. Slaves were even more expensive than mules.)
"Socialism doesn't mean taking wealth from those who work hard and give it to those who don't. You're thinking of Capitalism."
“I hope we shall... crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and to bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
--Letter to George Logan. November 12, 1816
"If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill. The element that makes the bond good, makes the bill good, also...It is absurd to say that our country can issue 30 million dollars in bonds and not 30 million dollars in currency. Both are promises to pay, but one promise fattens the usurers and the other helps the people."
"Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men for the nastiest of motives will somehow work for the benefit of all."
“You have forgotten the editors. They draw their salaries for the policy they maintain. Their policy is to print nothing that is a vital menace to the established. The press of the United States? It is a parasitic growth that battens on the capitalist class. Its function is to serve the established by molding public opinion, and right well it serves it.”
--From IRON HEEL
"The point is that despite the very real continuing abuses born of antisemitism, born of racism and sexism and homophobia, there are elected officials and other leaders who are female, Jewish, black or gay. There are none who are poor. There never have been, and there never will be. Every decade since society's inception has been witness to a holocaust of paupers, so enormous and perpetual that it has become wallpaper, unnoticed, unreported."
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