Vilfredo Pareto

(Vilfredo Federico Damaso Pareto)

Vilfredo Pareto
Vilfredo Pareto
  • Born: July 15, 1848
  • Died: August 19, 1923
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Profession: Economist









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A sign which almost invariably presages the decadence of an aristocracy is the intrusion of humanitarian feelings and of affected sentimentalizing which render the aristocracy incapable of defending its position. Miscellaneous
Among civilized peoples, especially the very wealthy population of the United States of America, women have become objects of luxury who consume but do not produce. Minorities & Women
Any elite which is not prepared to join in battle to defend its position is in full decadence, and all that is left to it is to give way to another elite having the virile qualities it lacks. Power
At the bottom of the Wealth curve Men and Women starve and children die young. In the broad middle of the curve all is turmoil and motion: people rising and falling, climbing by talent or luck and falling by alcoholism, tuberculosis and other kinds of unfitness. At the very top sit the elite of the elite, who control wealth and power for a time – until they are unseated through revolution or upheaval by a new aristocratic class. There is no progress in human history. Democracy is a fraud. Human nature is primitive, emotional, unyielding. The smarter, abler, stronger, and shrewder take the lion's share. The weak starve, lest society become degenerate: Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Social Sciences
For a very long time, and among a large number of peoples, political power has belonged to the owners of the land Power
For the modern criminal it is a great good fortune to be able to count somewhere among his ancestry or other relations a criminal, a lunatic, or just a mere drunkard, for in a court of law that will win him a lighter penalty or, not seldom, an acquittal. Things have come to such a pass that there is hardly a criminal case nowadays where that sort of defense is not put forward. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Increase in the wealth per capita fosters democracy; but the latter, at least according to what we have been able to observe up to now, entails great destruction of wealth and even eventually dries up the sources of it. Hence it is its own grave-digger, it destroys what gave it birth. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Capitalism
Individuals and classes which have lost the force to maintain themselves in power make themselves more and more hated because of their outbursts of random violence. The strong man strikes only when it is absolutely necessary, and then nothing stops him. Trajan was strong, not violent: Caligula was violent, not strong. Leaders & Leadership ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
The assertion that men are objectively equal is so absurd that it does not even merit being refuted. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The class struggle, to which Marx has specially drawn attention, is a real factor, the tokens of which are to be found on every page of history. But the struggle is not confined only to two classes: the proletariat and the capitalist; it occurs between an infinite number of groups with different interests, and above all between the elites contending for power. The existence of these groups may vary in duration, they may be based on permanent or more or less temporary characteristics. In the most savage peoples, and perhaps in all, sex determines two of these groups. Discrimination & Prejudice
The classical case is that of the starving man who steals a loaf of bread. That he should be allowed to go free is understandable enough; but it is less understandable that 'society's' obligation not to let him starve should devolve upon one baker chosen at random and not on society as a whole. Poverty
The plutocracy has invented countless makeshift programs, such as generating enormous public debt that plutocrats know they will never be able to repay, levies on capital, taxes which exhaust the incomes of those who do not speculate, sumtuary laws which have historically proven useless, and other similar measures. The principal goal of each of these measures is to deceive the multitudes. Budgets & Budgeting
There is not perhaps on this globe a single foot of ground which has not been conquered by the sword at some time or other, and where the people occupying it have not maintained themselves on it by force. If the Negroes were stronger than the Europeans, Europe would be partitioned by the Negroes and not Africa by the Europeans. The 'right' claimed by people who bestow on themselves the title of 'civilized' to conquer other peoples, whom it pleases them to call 'uncivilized,' is altogether ridiculous, or rather, this right is nothing other than force. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Usually, so far as improvement in the people's economic conditions is concerned, humanitarians simply play the role of the busybody. Welfare
Give me a fruitful error anytime, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections.
Give me the fruitful error any time, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections. You can keep your sterile truth for yourself. Truth ;Time