Elite Quotes

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Isaac Asimov
“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'
Isaac Asimov

Winston S. Churchill
“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
Winston S. Churchill

H.L. Mencken
“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
H.L. Mencken, On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe

Thomas Pynchon
“All the animals, the plants, the minerals, even other kinds of men, are being broken and reassembled every day, to preserve an elite few, who are the loudest to theorize on freedom, but the least free of all.”
Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

James Connolly
“It would be well to realize that the talk of ‘humane methods of warfare’, of the ‘rules of civilized warfare’, and all such homage to the finer sentiments of the race are hypocritical and unreal, and only intended for the consumption of stay-at-homes. There are no humane methods of warfare, there is no such thing as civilized warfare; all warfare is inhuman, all warfare is barbaric; the first blast of the bugles of war ever sounds for the time being the funeral knell of human progress… What lover of humanity can view with anything but horror the prospect of this ruthless destruction of human life. Yet this is war: war for which all the jingoes are howling, war to which all the hopes of the world are being sacrificed, war to which a mad ruling class would plunge a mad world.”
James Connolly

H.L. Mencken
“The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. Power is what all messiahs really seek: not the chance to serve. This is true even of the pious brethren who carry the gospel to foreign parts.”
H.L. Mencken, Minority Report

Howard Zinn
“The courtroom is one instance of the fact that while our society may be liberal and democratic in some large and vague sense, its moving parts, its smaller chambers--its classrooms, its workplaces, its corporate boardrooms, its jails, its military barracks--are flagrantly undemocratic, dominated by one commanding person or a tiny elite of power.”
Howard Zinn, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times

C. Wright Mills
“People with advantages are loathe to believe that they just happen to be people with advantages. They come readily to define themselves as inherently worthy of what they possess; they come to believe themselves 'naturally' elite; and, in fact, to imagine their possessions and their privileges as natural extensions of their own elite selves.”
C. Wright Mills, The Power Elite

Umberto Eco
“[...] there is one inexorable law of technology, and it is this: when revolutionary inventions become widely accessible, they cease to be accessible. Technology is inherently democratic, because it promises the same services to all; but it works only if the rich are alone using it. When the poor also adopt technology, it stops working. A train used to take two hours to go from A to B; then the motor car arrived, which could cover the same distance in one hour. For this reason cars were very expensive. But as soon as the masses could afford to buy them, the roads became jammed, and the trains started to move faster. Consider how absurd it is for the authorities constantly to urge people to use public transport, in the age of the automobile; but with public transport, by consenting not to belong to the elite, you get where you're going before members of the elite do.”
Umberto Eco

Steven Magee
“As a manager in the Ivy League, I discovered that the upper management team were seriously undermining my ability to manage my own staff. It was so bad that I eventually left. I now advise people not to work for the Ivy League.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“I remember how excited I was to work for the Ivy League. By the time I left, I would not advise anyone to work for them.”
Steven Magee

“Semiotiek 211 was een specialistisch vak dat werd gedoceerd door een voormalige rebel van het instituut Engelse taal- en letterkunde. Michael Zipperstein was tweeëndertig jaar geleden als aanhanger van het New Criticism naar Brown gekomen. Hij had drie generaties studenten de gewoonte bijgebracht teksten zorgvuldig te lezen, te analyseren en te interpreteren zonder aandacht voor de biografie van de auteur, totdat hij in 1975 tijdens een sabbatical in Parijs een levensveranderende openbaring kreeg: tijdens een diner maakte hij kennis met Roland Barthes en bij de cassoulet werd hij tot het nieuwe geloof bekeerd. [...] Hij bedolf zijn studenten onder de leeslijsten: naast de grote semiotische kanonnen - Derrida, Eco, Barthes - moesten ze zich voor Semiotiek 211 door hele stapels achtergrondteksten heen worstelen, van Sarrasine van Balzac tot bundels van Semiotext(e) tot gefotokopieerde capita selecta van E.M. Cioran, Robert Walser, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Peter Handke en Carl van Vechten. [...] Door dat esoterische onderzoek, en door Zippersteins kale goeroehoofd en witte baard, kregen zijn studenten het gevoel dat ze geestelijk waren doorgelicht en nu - althans twee uur lang op dinsdagmiddag - deel uitmaakten van een literaire elite.”
Eugenides, Jeffrey

“Though he never articulated it, I know Tiger believed in the idea of the Package. It went along with the sense of destiny his father had passed to him - that he was put on this earth to do something extraordinary with his special qualities, to "let the legend grow."
But those qualities, foremost among them an extraordinary ability to focus and stay calm under pressure, also included selfishness, obsessiveness, stubbornness, coldness, ruthlessness, pettiness, and cheapness.
When they were all at work in the competitive arena, they helped him win. And winning gave him permission to remain a flawed and in some ways immature person.”
Hank Haney, The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods

“If you are frustrated with the elite of your society, do something about it.”
Sunday Adelaja, The Mountain of Ignorance

Robin Sacredfire
“Planet Earth has rules that can’t be broken, no matter how rich or poor you are. You either have a nine to five job, you’re an artist constantly producing art, you’re a businessman, or you stay home cleaning and taking care of children. And no matter if you’re a man or a woman, the same rule applies to you. You break it, and life breaks you.”
Robin Sacredfire

Reham Khan
“I like to believe that I have a better understanding of ground realities than those who live in airconditioned elite areas in Dubai and Karachi.”
Reham Khan, Reham Khan

Ayesha Jalal
“Pakistan’s first crop of leaders at the center consisted mainly of migrants from India with limited or no real bases of support in the provinces. Suspicious of their provincial counterparts, émigré politicians at the center focused on consolidating state authority rather than building the Muslim League into a popularly based national party.”
Ayesha Jalal, The Struggle for Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics

“Does that mean that all one has to do is wait for the right moment? It was not just a question of that, as Hesse explained: the vita active and the vita contemplativa stand in a very sensitive relation to one another, which must constantly be rebalanced. He would come to summarize this in 1956: 'The flaw in our questioning and complaining is presumably this: namely, that we desire to have something given to us from outside that we can only attain within ourselves, through our own dedication. We demand that life must have a meaning - yet it has precisely as much meaning as we are able to impart to it.' This led him on to formulate the idea of a elite, a secret society, the invisible realm of the league of those taking part in The Journey to the East and finally to The Glass Bead Game - the 'monastery for free spirits' that Nietzsche had in mind and that Hesse affirmed and rejected in equal measure: 'In short, wanting to improve humanity is always a hopeless task. That is why I have always built my faith on the individual, for the individual can be educated and is capable of improvement, and according to my faith it has always been and still remains the small elite of well-intentioned, dedicated, and courageous people who are the guardians of all that is good and beautiful in the world.”
Gunnar Decker, Hesse: The Wanderer and His Shadow

Milton William Cooper
“What Mr. Rothschild had discovered was the basic principle of power, influence, and control over people as applied to economics. That principle is "when you assume the appearance of power, people soon give it to you."
Mr. Rothschild had discovered that currency or deposit loan accounts had the required appearance of power that could be used to INDUCE PEOPLE [WC emphasis] (inductance, with people corresponding to a magnetic field) into surrendering their real wealth in exchange for a promise of greater wealth (instead of real compensation). They would put up real collateral in exchange for a loan of promissory notes. Mr. Rothschild found that he could issue more notes than he had backing for, so long as he had someone's stock of gold as a persuader to show to his customers.
Mr. Rothschild loaned his promissory notes to individuals and to governments. These would create overconfidence. Then he would make money scarce, tighten control of the system, and collect the collateral through the obligation of contracts. The cycle was then repeated. These pressures could be used to ignite a war. Then he would control the availability of currency to determine who would win the war. That government which agreed to give him control of its economic system got his support.”
Milton William Cooper, Behold a Pale Horse

William Deresiewicz
“(...) grabbing what you can get isn't any less wicked when you grab it with the power of your brains than with the power of your fists.”
William Deresiewicz, What the Ivy League Won't Teach You

Ljupka Cvetanova
“It's easy for common people to say what they think about the government. No one listens to them.”
Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land

Steven Magee
“Out of all of my employers, the Ivy League was by far the worst.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“I was surprised when I discovered my mercury poisoning that the company had changed its mercury handling policies years earlier and had not informed me.”
Steven Magee

Henry V. O'Neil
“You help us, they’ll lock you up for the rest of your life.”
Henry V. O'Neil, Live Echoes

Arnold Hauser
“The Renaissance was not a civilization of small shopkeepers and artisans, nor of a well-to-do, half-educated middle class, but rather the jealously gaurded possession of a highbrow and Latinized elite. This consisted mainly of those classes of society which were associated with the humanistic and Neeplatonic movement - a uniform and, on the whole, like-minded intelligentsia such as, for example, the clergy, taken as a totality, had never been. The important works of art were intended for this circle. The broader masses either had no knowledge at all of them or appreciated them inadequately and from a non-artistic point of view, finding their own aesthetic pleasure in inferior products. This was the origin of that unbridgeable gulf between an educated minority and an uneducated majority which had never been known before to this extent and which was to be such a decisive factor in the whole future development of art.”
Arnold Hauser, The Social History of Art: Volume 2: Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque

“I still remember when the Paradise Papers and the Panama Papers came out and revealed that all the rich people in the world are part of huge criminal conspiracy to dodge taxes and hoard stolen wealth in offshore accounts and literally nothing is happened.”
Fuad Alakbarov

“In today’s life, luxury is sensuality.”
Lebo Grand

Peter Hitchens
“The Left finds itself up to its knees in these paradoxes because - deprived of its old aims by the end of the Cold War and the end of heavy industry - it needs new masses to serve as a replacement proletariat. It too readily and thoughtlessly accepted Muslims as convenient substitutes for the white working class which has now ceased to support it, or vanished altogether. It has also fallen under the influence of revolutionaries far more subtle and effective than the Russian Bolsheviks and Trotskyist rump. The gaping space left by the death of classical political revolutionary socialism has been filled by the spirit of 1968. That spirit will accept almost any ally against social and cultural conservatism, and against the Christianity that lies beneath those forces. This is why the sexual revolution has become so inseparably linked to the cultural and political revolutions.
The 1968 ideology is not merely a ready-made and self-righteous political system, with clear position on every major controversy. It is a limitless process of personal liberation from conscience, guilt and restraint, dressed in the flashy robes of moral superiority. These features are happily combined - in this particular generation - with personal ambition and worldly wealth. In all the most well-regarded and rewarded trades and professions, especially broadcasting, the law and the arts, a full set of 1968 opinions is an asset and an aid to social advancement. Rejection of these opinions is a grave disadvantage.”
Peter Hitchens, The Broken Compass: How Left and Right Lost Their Meaning

Rachel Van Dyken
“Nixon se echó a reír. ¡Dios mío!, la risa de ese chico era musical. Quería embotellarla y tenerla toda para mí.

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Rachel Van Dyken, Elite

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