“Separate an individual from society, and give him an island or a continent to possess, and he cannot…”

“Separate an individual from society, and give him an island or a continent to possess, and he cannot acquire personal property. He cannot be rich. So inseparably are the means connected with the end, in all cases, that where the former do not exist the latter cannot be obtained.”

Thomas Paine, Agrarian Justice

“Separate an individual from society, and give him an island or a continent to possess, and he cannot…”

“Separate an individual from society, and give him an island or a continent to possess, and he cannot acquire personal property. He cannot be rich. So inseparably are the means connected with the end, in all cases, that where the former do not exist the latter cannot be obtained.”

Thomas Paine, Agrarian Justice

“Society still is organized in such a way that procuring the necessities of life constitutes the…”

“Society still is organized in such a way that procuring the necessities of life constitutes the full-time and life-long occupation of specific social classes, which are therefore unfree and prevented from a human existence. In this sense, the classical proposition according to which truth is incompatible with enslavement by socially necessary labor is still valid.”

Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man

“Down here and up there are all the same to me. Whether I lie here in the gutter and stow away the…”

“Down here and up there are all the same to me. Whether I lie here in the gutter and stow away the rain water or drink champagne up there with the same lips makes no difference to me, not even in the taste.”

Franz Kafka, Diaries of Franz Kafka

“The slave frees himself when, of all the relations of private property, he abolishes only the…”

“The slave frees himself when, of all the relations of private property, he abolishes only the relation of slavery and thereby becomes a proletarian; the proletarian can free himself only by abolishing private property in general.”

Friedrich Engels, Principles of Communism

“I have never seen a class so deeply demoralised, so incurably debased by selfishness, so corroded…”

“I have never seen a class so deeply demoralised, so incurably debased by selfishness, so corroded within, so incapable of progress, as the English bourgeoisie. For it nothing exists in this world, except for the sake of money, itself not excluded. It knows no bliss save that of rapid gain, no pain save that of losing gold. In the presence of this avarice and lust of gain, it is not possible for a single human sentiment or opinion to remain untainted.”

Friedrich Engels, The Condition of the Working Class in England

“Many of the actions by which men have become rich are far more harmful to the community than the…”

“Many of the actions by which men have become rich are far more harmful to the community than the obscure crimes of poor men, yet they go unpunished because they do not interfere with the existing order.”

Bertrand Russell, Proposed Roads To Freedom

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