“If middle-class society is decaying, if we have got into a blind alley from which we cannot emerge…”

“If middle-class society is decaying, if we have got into a blind alley from which we cannot emerge without attacking past institutions with torch and hatchet, it is precisely because we have given too much to counting. It is because we have let ourselves be influenced into giving only to receive. It is because we have aimed at turning society into a commercial company based on debit and credit.”

Peter Kropotkin, The Conquest of Bread

“If middle-class society is decaying, if we have got into a blind alley from which we cannot emerge…”

“If middle-class society is decaying, if we have got into a blind alley from which we cannot emerge without attacking past institutions with torch and hatchet, it is precisely because we have given too much to counting. It is because we have let ourselves be influenced into giving only to receive. It is because we have aimed at turning society into a commercial company based on debit and credit.”

Peter Kropotkin, The Conquest of Bread

“We do not deserve our place in the distribution of native endowments, any more than we deserve our…”

“We do not deserve our place in the distribution of native endowments, any more than we deserve our initial starting place in society. That we deserve the superior character that enables us to make the effort to cultivate our abilities is also problematic; for such character depends in good part upon fortunate family and social circumstances in early life for which we can claim no credit.”

John Rawls, A Theory of Justice

“The civilized classes and nations are swept away by the grand rush for contemptible wealth. Never…”

“The civilized classes and nations are swept away by the grand rush for contemptible wealth. Never was the world worldlier, never was it emptier of love and goodness.”

Friedrich Nietzsche, “Schopenhauer as educator”, Untimely Meditations

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