Plutocracy Quotes

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Thomas Jefferson
“...vast accession of strength from their younger recruits, who having nothing in them of the feelings or principles of ’76 now look to a single and splendid government of an Aristocracy, founded on banking institutions and monied in corporations under the guise and cloak of their favored branches of manufactures commerce and navigation, riding and ruling over the plundered ploughman and beggared yeomanry.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

Wendell Berry
“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.”
Wendell Berry

Howard Zinn
“There has always been, and there is now, a profound conflict of interest between the people and the government of the United States.”
Howard Zinn

“Representative government is artifice, a political myth, designed to conceal from the masses the dominance of a self-selected, self-perpetuating, and self-serving traditional ruling class.”
Giuseppe Prezzolini

“A system is corrupt when it is strictly profit-driven, not driven to serve the best interests of its people.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Alice Walker
“Those in power must spend a lot of their time laughing at us.”
Alice Walker

Thomas Jefferson
“Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.”
Thomas Jefferson

Greg Bear
“Conservatism is not about tradition and morality, hasn't been for many decades... It is about the putative biological and spiritual superiority of the wealthy.”
Greg Bear

“When a plutocracy is disguised as a democracy, the system is beyond corrupt.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Capitalism is a social system owned by the capitalistic class, a small network of very wealthy and powerful businessmen, who compromise the health and security of the general population for corporate gain.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Horace Greeley
“While boasting of our noble deeds we're careful to conceal
the ugly fact that by an iniquitous money system we have
nationalized a system of oppression which, though more refined,
is not less cruel than the old system of chattel slavery.”
Horace Greeley

“A system is corrupt when it is strictly profit-driven, not driven to serve the best interests of its people, but those of multinational corporations.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Any system that values profit over human life is a very dangerous one indeed.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Philip K. Dick
“They're both plutocracies, rule by the rich. If they had won, all they'd have thought about was making more money, the upper class. Abendsen, he's wrong; there would be no social reform, no welfare public works plans - the Anglo-Saxon plutocrats wouldn't have permitted it.”
Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle

Nicolás Gómez Dávila
“The two terms of the democratic alternative today—oppressive bureaucracy or repugnant plutocracy—are canceling each other out.

Combining into a single term: opulent bureaucracy.

At once repugnant and oppressive.”
Nicolás Gómez Dávila, Escolios a un texto implicito: Seleccion

M.B. Dallocchio
“The most insidious of our country, the greediest and highest rung of our socioeconomic ladder, line their pockets with misappropriated funds as military personnel and hordes of civilians are maimed or killed. It’s not their children out there, blinded by manufactured patriotism or lured into the service with the promise of economic stability, all with the sanctimonious blessings of misguided public consent by way of corporate, state-sponsored media. It won’t be their children who are terrorized by Wahabbist insurgents tearing through city blocks and rural areas as only an ever-devouring plague could. It won’t be any of their loved ones watching thousands of years of civilization unraveling like an old sweater as each thread of wool is lit on fire or stolen to sell on the black market for greedy consumers with a fetish for hijacked Mesopotamian artifacts.”
M.B. Dallocchio, The Desert Warrior

Fred Magdoff
“Today, rather than a democracy we have a plutocracy (rule by moneyed interests) in which some of the formal elements of democracy nonetheless remain. Needless to say a real democracy ... is impossible where income, wealth, and power are concentrated and where inequality is growing, that is, in the normal ways of things under capitalism”
Fred Magdoff, What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know about Capitalism: A Citizen's Guide to Capitalism and the Environment

Michael Hogan
“The greatest delusion of this generation is that democracy still works when both the Congress and the presidency are blatantly influenced by corporate money.”
Michael Hogan

Dan Kovalik
“The US has a severe democracy deficit. Indeed, former President Jimmy Carter opined in July of 2015"..."that America is no longer a democracy, but rather, 'an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or being elected president. And the same thing applies to governors, and US Senators and congress members.”
Dan Kovalik, The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Putin

Petter Dass
“Mig angrer av mit hjertens grund
jeg bogen skulde lære
at jeg for alt det jeg har slitt
fik intet andet til profit
end umag og besvære.
Hvad har vi nu, fordi vi gik
vel 20 aars tid i skole,
Og mangt et slag i Haanden fik,
samt banket rygg og kjole?”
Petter Dass

Thomas Piketty
“Because [Jeff Bezos] and [Mark Zuckerberg] own $100 billion in the current state of the legal system, the current state of the fiscal system, the current way the international economy is organised, people say, ‘OK, $100 billion, exactly the right level.’ But with a different legal system, different international taxation, it could be 200, it could be 50. So what would be the story? Any level that they will attain, it will be the best? This kind of sacralisation of special individuals is a form of religious thought. People who use this kind of argument: ‘He's great, therefore –‘ therefore what? Therefore we should subsidize him so that he's even richer?”
Thomas Piketty

“As the concentration of wealth and power at the top increased, the Democratic Party faced cross-pressures that muddied its message and moderated its stances on economic matters. The Republic Party, in stark contrast, radicalized. Starting as a standard-issue center-right party, it mutated into an ultraconservative insurgent force, one that cast its lot with plutocracy even as plutocracy's rise endangered the economic security and opportunity of many of its voters.”
Jacob S. Hacker, Let Them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality

Dan Kovalik
“Meanwhile, the US House of Representatives voted in favor of a military budget even bigger than Trump had asked for. And, as Erik Sherman at Forbes magazine eloquently pointed out, 60 percent of the Democrats voted for this outsized military budget which totals $695.5 billion. As Sherman explains, "{i}n other words, of the party that supposedly opposes rampant military spending and the Trump administration, 60% voted for this bill," at a time "{w}hen income inequality combines with systemic and systematic redistribution of virtually all income growth to the wealthiest while their taxes are reduced."
Sherman of course hints at a truth which must be accepted- that Democrats are not, and never really have been, a party which "opposes rampant military spending." There is a bi-partisan consensus on such spending, and there is very little debate on lowering it. And this is for a number of reasons, one of which being that military spending is very lucrative for the arms manufacturers who bilk the quite willing Pentagon, and by extension the taxpayers; indeed, these are the biggest welfare cheats who few will acknowledge.”
Dan Kovalik, The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Putin

“A billionaire plutocrat is now sitting in the White House. Democracy has been overthrown. A right wing coup d’état has taken place. The Confederacy has defeated the Union. Racist Nazis are now running America, calling themselves “patriots”. They are the enemies of the People, the enemies of America, and the enemies of the world. The time has come to get rid of the global elite and their brainwashed right wing puppets. The time has come for the people to take control of their own destiny. We need to reboot the world.”
Ranty McRanterson

“A billionaire plutocrat is now sitting in the White House. Democracy has been overthrown. A right wing coup d’état has taken place. The Confederacy has defeated the Union. Racist Nazis are now running America, calling themselves “patriots”. They are the enemies of the People, the enemies of America, and the enemies of the world. We need to reboot the world.”
Ranty McRanterson, Full Retard: The Dumbest Just Got Dumber

“The Independent rants, “Not voting isn’t clever or brave. It is, in effect, saying to everyone else ‘you decide’.” Not voting is not only clever and brave, it’s the only rational way forward. You are thereby deciding the way forward. If there is a total boycott of the democratic front office of capitalism, it will remove the political legitimacy of the banking corporatocracy that rules over us. Democratic politicians are the plastic smile of the unacceptable face of capitalism. They are enemies of the people. Who in their right mind would vote for their enemies?”
Mike Hockney, The Mathmos

“Democracy” literally means “people power” (demos – people; kratos = power). It was designed to stop rule by the rich elite. Look at“democratic” America. Who runs it? The rich elite – the top 1%!!! Why haven’t the dumb “democrats” worked out that the elite have conned them yet again?!”
Michael Faust, The Case for Meritocracy

Woodrow Wilson
“A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the Nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men ♦ ♦ *, We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilised world — no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men.”
Woodrow Wilson, The New Freedom

“The task is how to restrain and limit private power in order to allow democracy to be sustained, otherwise it will succumb to plutocracy and have the mere appearance of democracy while being nothing to do with genuine democracy. This is the situation that now prevails in most capitalist democracies, which are invariably plutocracies controlled by private elites.”
Mark Romel, Social Capitalism: Against Mammonism

“If America looks like a plutocracy, has the wealth distribution of a plutocracy, and blatantly operates in the interests of plutocrats, it’s a plutocracy. America has about as much in common with democracy as Communist China, or Oligarchic Russia, or the Monarchic United Kingdom.”
Tom Strabo, National Capitalism: How to Save America

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