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Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite. John Kenneth Galbraith
Money is the seed of money, and the first guinea is sometimes more difficult to acquire than the second million. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Avarice, the spur of industry. David Hume
Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners. Vladimir Lenin
When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses. Shirley Chisholm
The worst crime against working people is a company which fails to operate at a profit. Samuel Gompers
The basic law of capitalism is you or I, not both you and I. Karl Liebknecht
The worker is the slave of capitalist society, the female worker is the slave of that slave. James Connolly
Capitalism is at least tolerable, which cannot be said of Socialism or Communism. Benjamin Tucker
Fascism is capitalism in decay. Vladimir Lenin
Every time a man expects, as he says, his money to work for him, he is expecting other people to work for him. Dorothy L. Sayers
The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag. Smedley Butler
The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency. Vladimir Lenin
History suggests that capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom. Clearly it is not a sufficient condition. Milton Friedman
Socialism is nothing but the capitalism of the lower classes. Oswald Spengler
Capitalism inevitably and by virtue of the very logic of its civilization creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest. Joseph A. Schumpeter
Men have become the tools of their tools. Henry David Thoreau
Invention is the mother of necessity. Thorstein Veblen
Modern technology has become a total phenomenon for civilization, the defining force of a new social order in which efficiency is no longer an option but a necessity imposed on all human activity. Jacques Ellul
A man may be a tough, concentrated, successful money-maker and never contribute to his country anything more than a horrible example. Robert Menzies
In every commercial state, notwithstanding any pretension to equal rights, the exaltation of a few must depress the many. Adam Ferguson
... the problem isn't that we have inequality. Some inequality is intrinsic to any high-functioning capitalist economy. The problem is that inequality is at historically high levels and getting worse every day. Our country is rapidly becoming less a capitalist society and more a feudal society. Unless our policies change dramatically, the middle class will disappear, and we will be back to late 18th-century France, before the revolution. And so I have a message for my fellow filthy rich, for all of us who live in our gated bubble worlds: Wake up, people. It won't last. Nick Hanauer
It is because of capitalism that we can pay for services to poor people that we don't even know. Arthur C. Brooks
Establishment of a market economy is seen as mostly involving destruction. Peter Murrell
The United States should be devoting a larger percentage of its vast resources to making the world safe for capitalism and democracy ... the proper role of an imperial America is to establish these institutions where they are lacking, if necessary ... by military force. Imposing democracy on all the world's "rogue states" would not push the U. S. Defense budget much above 5 percent of GDP... establishing the rule of law in such countries would pay a long run dividend as their trade revised and expanded. Niall Ferguson
What are your masses [of humanity] but mud to be ground underfoot, fuel to be burned for those who deserve it? Ayn Rand
... to teach the necessity of respect for the rights of persons and property as fundamental to every form of teach the duty of government, to encourage and protect individual and group initiative and enterprise, to foster the right to work, earn, save and acquire property, and to preserve the ownership and lawful use of property when acquired. American Liberty League
Within a market, organizations have interests distinct from and often antagonistic to the market processes that produced and sustain them. Gus DiZerega
Market systems all threaten the continued existence of those who are currently successful if they fail to adapt to changes they do not control. This tension is essential to markets serving human well-being better than other economic systems. But at the same time it means that organizations within them have interests at cross-purposes to the system itself. This is true for all spontaneous orders: markets, science, and democracies. Gus DiZerega
American capitalism no longer guarantees the property rights of small owners when they conflict with private interests such as corporations building pipelines. Their need for corporate profits overrides what once were private property rights. Gus DiZerega
It has often been said, that there is but one rank of men in America… we have no artificial distinctions of men into noblemen and commoners among us, but it ought to be remarked, that superior degrees of industry and capacity, and above all, commerce, have introduced inequality of property among us, and these have introduced natural distinctions of rank in Pennsylvania, as certain and general as the artificial distinctions of men in Europe. This will ever be the case while commerce exists in this country. Benjamin Rush
The mistake we make with many people is that we assume that we have the model. It is a type of condescension. Henry A. Kissinger
I used to think that capitalism was human nature. Now I know that it is culture. Milton Friedman
The possibility of a liberal capitalist democracy in South Africa is exactly nil. The racialist propaganda amongst the whites and their desire to maintain what they imagine to be a profitable situation makes it utterly unthinkable that there can be a political alignment that favours a liberal white group. In any case the political immorality, cowardice and vacillation of the so—called progressives amongst the whites render them utterly useless as a force against fascism. Joe Matthews
Ordinary Chinese can actually make choices about their own lives which wasn’t possible 25 years ago. Tim Clissold
Remember that every dollar saved by health care reform is a dollar less for somebody’s earnings. Uwe Reinhardt
American capitalism has helped finance the communist takeover of the world. Somebody is going to answer to God for this Kent Hovind
A nation which does not make pictures, a nation which does not make statues, a nation which does not practice science, such a nation, one must admit, has no place on the highroad of civilization. But our nation with its true qualities deserves to become and will become civilized and progressive. Kemal Ataturk
Can one name a single nation that has not turned to the West in its quest for civilization? Kemal Ataturk
We encountered the greatest resistance when we abolished the caliphate. But the two-headed system could not go on for ever. It nourished the expectation that the sovereign would return under the guise of caliph…and gave hope to the [Ottoman dynasty]. Mustafa Ismet
Even the bones of their dead should be dug up and scattered. Eryavuz Ihsan
Members of the rising new generation! The future is yours. The republic has been founded by us. It is up to you to guard and exalt it. Kemal Ataturk
The civilized world is far ahead of us. We have no choice but to catch up. Kemal Ataturk
A market can be a capitalist or a socialist one, but it is still a market. Boris Yeltsin
George W. Bush is the mascot of crony capitalism. Molly Ivins
The revolution eats its own. Capitalism re-creates itself. Mordecai Richler
President Junior is the mascot of crony capitalism. Molly Ivins
The two greatest enemies of free enterprise in the United States, in my opinion, have been, on the one hand, my fellow intellectuals and, on the other hand, the business corporations of this country. They are enemies for opposite reasons. Milton Friedman
The only place you have real monopolies is where government provides them. Milton Friedman
Capitalism without Judaism, Christianity, or some other moral basis is just pure greed. Rick Warren
That sort of fundamentalism which treats possession of private property not as a desirable economic and personal asset but as a condition of liberty is a form of primitive religion. Neil Kinnock
I used to think that capitalism was human nature, but it isn’t at all. It’s culture. The same is true of democracy/ Alan Greenspan
New York is a woman / holding, according to history, / a rag called liberty with one hand / and strangling the earth with the other. Ali Ahmed Said; Adonis
Anyone here own 4 suits? Three suits? Even 2 suits? Well J. P. Morgan has over 100 suits, each one stolen off the back of a working man. Huey P. Long
We who are members of the Communist Party repudiate the exclusive identification of democracy with capitalism. We declare that democracy can be widened, take on new aspects, become truly a rule of the people, only when it is extended to the economic life of the people. Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
Free trade would place our farmers and workers in competition with peasant and sweated labor products. Herbert Hoover
I am not a free trader. I am not a free trader. I believe an American worker who has worked hard and played by the rules should be rewarded. I don't believe that companies who take their jobs overseas should be rewarded with tax breaks. Rosalind Kurita
Modern capitalism is masterful at producing services people don't need and in large part probably don't want. It is brilliant at convincing people that they do need and want them. But it has difficulty turning itself to the production of those services which people really do need. Not only that, it often spends an enormous amount of time and effort convincing people that those services are either unrealistic, marginal or counterproductive. John Ralston Saul
Capitalist, democratic states put the emphasis on the private sector, which doesn't always deliver on social goods. Frances J. Stewart
Capitalism was reasonably content under Hitler, happy under Mussolini, very happy under Franco and delirious under General Pinochet John Ralston Saul
Neither Capitalism nor Socialism can pretend to be an ideology. They are merely methods for dividing ownership and income. John Ralston Saul
The land of the capitalists… Diego Rivera
One of the worst features of the existing system is that the employees have a constant risk in their employer. If he is not competent to manage the business with success, they suffer with him. Capital also is dependent on the skill of the captain of industry for the certainty and magnitude of its profits. Under these circumstances there has been a great demand for men having the requisite ability for this function. As the organization has advanced, with more impersonal bonds of coherence and wider scope of operations, the value of this functionary has rapidly increased. The possession of the requisite ability is a natural monopoly. Consequently, all the conditions have concurred to give to those who possessed this monopoly excessive and constantly advancing rates of remuneration. William Graham Sumner
Pol Pot’s Cambodia eliminated money. No money—no capitalism. Even in North Korea, the people have a little money. Philip Short
I am a gentleman. I live by robbing the poor. George Bernard Shaw
Most men are servants of corporations. Woodrow Wilson
In general the principle of the World Trade Organization … is that sovereignty and democratic rights have to be subordinated to the rights of investors Noam Chomsky
Racial injustice, war, urban blight, and environmental rape have a common denominator in our exploitative economic system. Channing E. Phillips
The question of Socialism is the most important and imperative question of the age. It will divide, is now dividing, society into two camps. In which camp will you elect to stand? On the one side there are individualism and competition - leading to a 'great trade' and great miseries. On the other side is justice, without which can come no good, from which can come no evil. On the one hand, are ranged all the sages, all the saints, all the martyrs, all the noble manhood and pure womanhood of the world; on the other hand, are the tyrant, the robber, the man-slayer, the libertine, the usurer, the slave-driver, the drunkard, and the sweater. Choose your party, then, my friend, and let us get to the fighting. Robert Blatchford
Look how the whole capitalist world is stretching out long arms towards the barbarous world and grabbing and clutching in eager competition at countries whose inhabitants don't want them; nay, in many cases, would rather die in battle, like the valiant men they are, than have them William Morris
Men may differ as to the particular form of governmental activity with respect to industry and business, but nearly all are agreed that private enterprise in times such as these cannot be left without assistance and without reasonable safeguards lest it destroy not only itself but also our processes of civilization. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Socialism has several aspects. Economically, it means the socialization of the means of production; politically, the establishment of the dictatorship of the toiling masses; emotionally, the abolition of the reign of egotism and anarchy which characterizes the capitalistic system. Dov Ber Borochov
I have dedicated my life to fight against the heinous rottenness of modern capitalism because it robs the laborer of this world's goods. But blow for blow I shall strike against Communism, because it robs us of the next world's happiness. Charles E. Coughlin
Perhaps the greatest threat to freedom and democracy in the world today comes from the formation of unholy alliances between government and business. This is not a new phenomenon. It used to be called fascism. . . .The outward appearances of the democratic process are observed, but the powers of the state are diverted to the benefit of private interests. George Soros
Capitalism is not an orgy of human villainy: it is a Utopia that has dazzled and misled very amiable and public spirited men. George Bernard Shaw
With the laborers of England generally, does not the moral coercion of want subject their will as despotically to that of their employer, as the physical constraint does the soldier, the seaman, or the slave? Thomas Jefferson
Whoever owns the means of credit controls the industrial life of the nation. Frederic C. Howe
…the new front of great corporate transgression. Henry L. Stimson
Corporations are not capable of doing things out of the goodness of their hearts. They don’t have hearts. Charles Fishman
There is no more rapid growth in the history of capitalistic enterprise. David A. Vise
Capitalism is so successful economically that it creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest. Joseph A. Schumpeter
All systems of political administration or governmental machinery are but the reflex of the economic forms which underlie them James Connolly
To you, workers of Ireland, we address ourselves. AGITATE in the workshop, in the field, in the factory, until you arouse your brothers to hatred of the slavery of which we are all the victims. EDUCATE, that the people may no longer be deluded by illusory hopes of prosperity under any system of society of which monarchs or noblemen, capitalists or landlords form an integral part. ORGANIZE, that a solid, compact and intelligent force, conscious of your historic mission as a class, you may seize the reins of political power whenever possible and, by intelligent application of the working-class ballot, clear the field of action for the revolutionary forces of the future. James Connolly
We have only dented the fortress and the wage slaves are still locked in their cells. Upton Sinclair
Having for centuries had no sense of self esteem outside the state, we found ourselves wanting our old rulers back, the rulers who provided a sense of order, inspired patriotic fervor and the belief that we were great nation. We yearned for monumental--if repressive--leaders like Ivan the Terrible or Stalin. Yes they killed and imprisoned but how great were our victories and parades. So what if Stalin ruled by fear? That was simply a fear of one’s life. However terrifying, it was not as existentially threatening as the fear of freedom, of individual choice, with no one but oneself to blame if democracy turned into disarray and capitalism into corruption. Nina Khrushcheva
The first problem is too many workers. The second problem is having fools and crooks as managers. Song Baorui
Capitalism is economic Darwinism…free enterprise is code for individualistic amorality…the marketplace is the temple of secular humanism? Russ Rymer
Today's world war is entirely a competitive struggle amongst fully mature capitalisms for world domination, for the exploitation of the remaining zones of the world not yet capitalistic. Rosa Luxemburg
Labor in this country is independent and proud. It has not to ask the patronage of capital, but capital solicits the aid of labor. Daniel Webster
Industrial contests take on all the attitudes and psychology of war, and both parties do many things that they should never dream of doing in times of peace…. all parties in interest must be judged from that standpoint. Clarence Darrow
Politically, resistance to industrialism must force the viability of industrial society into public consciousness and debate. What purpose does this machine serve? What problem has become so great that it needs this solution? Is this invention nothing but, as Thoreau put it, an improved means to an unimproved end? Who are the winners? Who are the losers? Will this invention concentrate or disperse power, encourage or discourage self worth? Can society at large afford it? Can the biosphere? Kirkpatrick Sale
A capitalist democracy is a competitive society where predatory pressure groups struggle for wealth and prestige and jockey for power. Sam Dolgoff; Sam Weiner; Sholem Dolgopolsky
Which of us in our childhood did not gaze in awe at the mighty Statue of Liberty, its burning torch lighting the entrance to an international port, to a New World that still retained all its alluring, fairy-tale strangeness for the European? Which of us in our childhood was not struck by its grandeur as it soared above the New York skyscraper skyline? How pitifully small and insignificant did the huge ocean-going ships appear in these pictures as they scurried at the feet of proud and victorious Freedom!...Could a 1st-class passenger, carrying in his pocket cheques for a Wall Street bank, be an unwelcome foreigner in the great republic? The red carpet is put down for the 1st-class passenger, and for him the Statue of Liberty makes her dim torch blaze anew. But how dimly that same statue lights the way to that New World for those who were only able to buy a 3rd-class ticket... Alexandra Kollontai
In Russia the workers are powerless, kept in spiritual as well as physical bondage. The American workers are free to take up the fight, free to act, to read, to publish, to discuss, to instruct themselves, to combine in unions, to assemble in meeting, to strike. Hence it is only here [America] that the fight for peace can begin…. The [solution] consists in mass-actions of American workers against capitalist power. If they should proceed to wrench the decision on policy from big capital, the most essential step to deter the threat of atomic war would be made Anton Pannekoek
Middle-class democracy has proved the best camouflage of the political dominance of big capital. Anton Pannekoek
The strongest form of fight against the capitalist class is the strike. Strikes are necessary, ever again, against the capitalists’ tendency to increase their profits by lowering wages and increase the hours or the intensity of work. Anton Pannekoek
The whole people would no more be able than the whole body of shareholders in a great enterprise to manage an industry....It would be necessary, under socialism as much as under large scale capitalism, to entrust the actual management of industrial enterprise to salaried experts, chosen for their specialized knowledge and ability in particular branches of work....There is no reason to suppose that the methods of appointing the actual managers in socialized industries would differ widely from those already in force in large scale capitalist enterprise....There is no reason to suppose that the socialization of any industry would mean a great change in its managerial personnel. G.D.H. Cole
Modern industry and the opening of the world market made the struggle universal and at the same time gave it unheard-of virulence. Advantages in natural or artificial conditions of production now decide the existence or non-existence of individual capitalists as well as of whole industries and countries. He that falls is remorselessly cast aside. Friedrich Engels
Every capitalist who suffers from the competition of still greater capitalists denounces those above him and cries out for help on behalf of the middle class Anton Pannekoek
Why does the great body of workingmen still permit itself to be ruled and exploited by the capitalists? Why are they not in a position to drive the minority of exploiters from power? Because they are an unorganized, undisciplined, individualistic and ignorant mass. The majority is impotent because it consists of a divided crowd of individuals each one of whom wishes to act according to his own impulse, regard his own interests. Anton Pannekoek
The need to colonize a country in the old fashioned way is gone. Even in Iraq they will pull out. But Iraq will have McDonald's, Iraq will have American interests in there, America will be able to do its business there. They don't necessarily need to send in troops - they send in men in suits and they colonize the place financially. It's a cultural and financial imperialism Benjamin Zephaniah
Ours is a capitalist society. It is therefore inevitable that, in part- and I repeat- in part- we must address this goal of deracialisation within the context of the property relations characteristics of a capitalist economy. Thabo Mbeki
As part of the realization of the aim to eradicate racism in our country, we must strive to create and strengthen a black capitalist class… because we come from among the black oppressed, many among us feel embarrassed to state this goal as nakedly as we should. Thabo Mbeki
Capitalism did not arise because capitalists stole the land and the workmen's tools, but because it was more efficient than feudalism. It will perish because it is not merely less efficient than socialism, but actually self-destructive. John Burdon Sanderson Haldane
Mrs Thatcher was a mirror-image Marxist. Everything that Marx abhorred she thought was good Theodore Dalrymple
Economic sectors which are essential for the country and which affect the life of the people, must be controlled by the state. Otherwise the control of production might fall in the hands of powerful individuals who could exploit the people. Hence, only enterprises which do not affect the life of the general population may be left to private individuals…. The land, the waters and the natural resources therein are basic assets for the people's prosperity and should, therefore, be controlled by the state and exploited to the greatest benefit of the people. Indonesia
He who builds a factory builds a temple; he who works there worships there. Calvin Coolidge
What is the difference between Capitalism and Communism? Capitalism is the exploitation of man by man. Communism is the opposite. Anonymous
Democracy + Private Ownership = Capitalism Democracy + Public Ownership = Socialism Dictatorship + Private Ownership = Fascism Dictatorship + Public Ownership = Communism Anonymous
Free prices are the price of freedom. Anonymous
Through organization of German labor on a national basis and reformation of our legal system by displacing the capitalistic excesses of the present laws [i.e. a written constitution] through German national legal principles [deutschnationale Rechtsanschauungen]. Anonymous
Money doesn’t smell. Anonymous
The capitalist system of production and distribution is doomed. It threatens to engulf humanity in chaos. Anonymous
SOCIALISM—You have two cows, you give one to your neighbor COMMUNISM—You have two cows, the government takes them both and gives you the milk FASCISM—You have two cows, the government takes both and sells you the milk NAZISM—You have two cows, the government takes both and shoots you CAPITALISM—You have two cows, you sell one and buy a bull TRADE UNIONISM—You have two cows, they take them from you, shoot one, milk the other and throw the milk away MORAL: Don't have anything to do with cows. They only bring you trouble. Anonymous
The West is even more apprehensive about Islam than it was about communism, because while it knows how to deal with material challenges, it has no idea how to go about facing a spiritual challenge. Hassan Al-Turabi
... a mortal sin. Jean-Bertrand Aristide
… an ideology on wheels George Ball
Capitalism is based on a kind of inherited moral climate. Robert Bartley
Failures happen in any system. Robert Bartley
The agencies of production, of manufacture, distribution, and of finance: all the parts of the capitalist system, have only one purpose and that is to work for the welfare of the people. And when any of those instruments in any way fails, it is the plain duty of a government which represents the people to remove the cause of the failure. Richard Bedford Bennett
No other scheme than that of public ownership can insure to the peoples of this country, without regard to class or place, equal enjoyment of the benefits and pleasures of radio broadcasting .... this is not a correctable fault in private ownership; it is an inescapable and inherent demerit of that system. Richard Bedford Bennett
Capitalism robs you and makes a wage slave of you. The law upholds and protects that robbery. The government fools you into believing that you are independent and free. In this way you are fooled and duped every day of your life. Alexander Berkman
The real and immediate problem is: to win away the masses from the capitalistic parties. Failure to do this means helping Roosevelt, helping Republicans, helping reaction. Alex Bittleman
There have been … totalitarian forces in our lifetime: The totalitarianism of fascism and now of capitalism. Jose Bove
The wealth which the capitalist appears to give in exchange for the workman's labour was generated neither by the labour nor the riches of the capitalist, but it was originally obtained by the labour of the workman John Francis Bray
… a policy of slashing the living standards at home and fighting for market share abroad for the single purpose of maintaining the profits of finance capital … Roosevelt is carrying out more thoroughly and brutally than even Hoover the capitalist attack on the living standards of the masses … Earl Browder
Some communist countries think that free enterprise will save them the same way that they thought communism would save them. Zbigniew Brzezinski
The workers everywhere do not want their sons to die, mangled scraps of flesh … in order to enrich Wall Street. America, keep out of this war! Louis Francis Budenz
I spent 33 years ... most of my time being a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short I was a racketeer for capitalism. Smedley Butler
The task is before us. We have a labor movement that is completely discouraged and demoralized. We have an organized labor movement that is unable on any front to put up an effective struggle against the drive of destruction organized by the masters….the labor unions of America are being broken up because there is not sufficient unified understanding, because there is not sufficient leadership to save them. James P. Cannon
What a commentary on the real nature of capitalism in its decadent phase is this, that the scientific conquest of the marvelous secret of atomic energy, which might rationally be used to lighten the burdens of all mankind, is employed first for the wholesale destruction of half a million people…. This is how American imperialism is bringing civilisation to the Orient. James P. Cannon
The price which society pays for the law of competition is also great; but the advantages of the law are greater still. Andrew Carnegie
I am against the use of capitalist mechanisms to build socialism. Fidel Castro
Affirm the priority of work over capital and the fact that material goods are meant for all … The priority of work over capital places an obligation in justice upon employers to consider the welfare of the workers before the increase of profits. Catholic Church
Support of private ownership does not mean that anyone has the right to unlimited accumulation of wealth Catholic Church
The common good may sometimes demand that the right to own be limited by public involvement in the planning or ownership of certain sectors of the economy. Catholic Church
The priority of work over capital places an obligation in justice upon employers to consider the welfare of the workers before the increase of profits. Catholic Church
I wanted everyone to be equal. I wanted everyone to be rich. Nobody would oppress anybody. Nobody would look down on anybody. No capitalism. No oppression. Pic Chhoch
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. Winston Churchill
Policy designed to make the nation grow must build upon and must not frustrate the instinct of most Canadians to build a stake for themselves. Joe Clark
We have got to put a human face on the global economy. Bill Clinton
We cannot have profits at the expense of our children. Bill Clinton
Luddism is no longer with us, but today we seem to be overtaken by its opposite, the inevitability of technological change coupled with the blind belief in capitalism's ability to provide us with all we need. Eddie Clynes
We justify the greater and greater accumulation of capital because we believe that therefrom flows the support of all science, art, learning, and the charities which minister to the humanities of life, all carrying their beneficent effects to the people as a whole. Unless this is measurably true our system of civilization ought to stand condemned. Calvin Coolidge
The insecurity of property in Ireland, whether real or supposed … prevents the English or Scotch capitalist from transmitting materials to be manufactured in Ireland. George Cornwall Lewis
Because the rights to possessions are not adequately documented, assets cannot readily be turned into capital, cannot be traded outside of narrow, local circles where people know and trust each other, cannot be used as collateral for a loan, and cannot be used as a share against an investment. Hernando de Soto
The hour of capitalism’s greatest triumph is its greatest danger. Hernando de Soto
Capitalist wars for capitalist conquest and capitalist plunder must be fought by the capitalists themselves so far as I am concerned. Eugene V. Debs
The issue is Socialism versus Capitalism. I am for Socialism because I am for humanity. Eugene V. Debs
No worker has any business to enlist in the capitalist class war (World War I) or fight a capitalist class battle. It is our duty to enlist in our own war and fight our own battle. Eugene V. Debs
What is “destructive competition” for producers is a bargain bonanza for consumers. J. Bradford DeLong
The way we accumulate capital in our society is through trust. Bryan L. Dorgan
The workers under capitalism have no fatherland …. We shall not let ourselves be dragged into warring for one set of masters against another. R. Palme Dutt; Rajami Palme
We shall either adopt a plan which will meet the problem of unemployment under capitalism or a plan will be adopted for us which will operate without capitalism. Marriner Eccles
You can't have a capitalist system and tax capital to death. Peter Ferrara
The key to the moral superiority of capitalism is that people get rich by imaginatively serving the needs of others. George Gilder
The market is not an invention of capitalism …. It is an invention of civilization. Mikhail Gorbachev
Most human beings are defined in terms of their capacity to consume. George Grant
It is difficult but not impossible to conduct strictly honest business. What is true is that honesty is incompatible with the amassing of a large fortune. Mohandas K. Gandhi
All down history, nine-tenths of mankind have been grinding corn for the remaining one-tenth, been paid with the husks, and bidden to thank God they had the husks. David Lloyd George
Capital is a result of labor. Henry George
The association of poverty with progress is the enigma of our times. Henry George
The strongest bulwark of the capitalistic system is the ignorance of its victims. Adolph Fischer
Today, our party is small and the parties of the capitalists are large and strong, but the day will surely come when the Communist Party will be the only party in the United States. William Z. Foster
In a capitalist society all institutions are in danger of control by the counting room. John Holmes
The only trouble with capitalism is capitalists—they're too greedy. Herbert Hoover
The identification of the intellectuals with the revolutionary movement is dependent … on their complete rift with bourgeois ideology and liberalism …. The relationship of the intellectuals as a group with the working class is essentially an alliance. But the alliance can be established only on the … unadulterated principles of Marxism-Leninism. Victor Jeremy Jerome
It is the historic mission of the working class to do away with capitalism. Industrial Workers of the World
The army of production must be organized, not only for everyday struggle with capitalists, but also to carry on production when capitalism shall have been overthrown Industrial Workers of the World
Capitalism without capital is just an ism. Jesse Jackson
The instinct of ownership is fundamental in man’s nature. William James
Capitalism carries in itself war, like clouds carry rain. Jenn Lyon
The selfish spirit of commerce which knows no country, and feels no passion or principle but that of gain. Thomas Jefferson
No man will labour for himself who can make another labour for him. Thomas Jefferson
Not every problem someone has with his girlfriend is necessarily due to the capitalistic mode of production. Herbert Marcuse
Most corporations are against socialism except when it comes to benefits for themselves Jack Lessenberry
[Capitalism] has acquired the occult ability to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring or at the least lays golden eggs. Karl Marx
Capital is dead labor, that vampire like, only lives by sucking living labor. Karl Marx
Capitalism will kill competition. Karl Marx
The bourgeoisie, by the rapid improvement of all instruments of production, by the immensely facilitated means of communication, draw all, even the most barbarian of nations into civilization. Karl Marx
… saving Asia from the control of the Anglo-Saxons …. Washing the influences of British and American capitalism out of Asia Yosuke Matsuoka
Democratic capitalism, combined with industrial democracy, is unquestionably the best way of life for mankind. David J. McDonald
Politics can't motivate people. The desire to get rich—that is the only way to mobilize the whole society. Mou Qizhong
The struggle between Communism and capitalism has been perverting people's analysis of social issues. Yoweri Museveni
Like air traffic, the free movement of capital needs controls. Oskar Lafontaine
The genius of capitalism consists precisely in its lack of morality …. Deprive a capitalist of his God-given right to lie and cheat and steal, and the poor sap stands a better than even chance of becoming one of the abominable wards of the state. Lewis H. Lapham
In the end, one or the other will triumph—a funeral dirge will be sung over the Soviet Republic or over world capitalism. Vladimir Lenin
Under capitalism we have a state in the proper sense of the word, that is, a special machine for the suppression of one class by another. Vladimir Lenin
In the end a funeral requiem will be sung over the Soviet Republic or over world capitalism. As long as capitalism remains we cannot live in peace. In the end one or the other will triumph. Vladimir Lenin
Imperialism is the monopoly stage of capitalism. Vladimir Lenin
Free enterprise and the market economy mean war; socialism and planned economy mean peace. We must plan civilization or we must perish. Leo XIII
Capitalism still wants to beat socialism in the end. Li Xiannian
It is best for all to leave each man free to acquire property as fast as he can. Some will get wealthy. I don’t believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good. So while we do not propose any war upon capital, we do wish to allow the humblest man an equal chance to get rich with everybody else. Abraham Lincoln
The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, bur incomparable things, called by the called by two different and incompatible names—liberty and tyranny. Abraham Lincoln
Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Abraham Lincoln
Property is desirable, is a positive good in the world. Abraham Lincoln
With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor ... Each of the things is, by the respective party, called by two different and incompatible names—liberty and tyranny. Abraham Lincoln
The emancipation of the masses can become a reality only with the abolition of the competitive system of society. Meyer London
We cannot remove the evils of capitalism without taking its source of power: ownership. Neil Kinnock
There has been no country with a democratic political sphere, past or present, whose economy has not been dominated by private ownership and market coordination. Janos Kornai
There is no one to sweep a common hall. Chinese Proverb
Thousands of capitalist have been enriched by inventions and discoveries of which they were not the authors, and capital, by robbing the inventor of his just reward, is guilty of stifling genius. Thomas Hodgskin
Capitalists … can grow rich only where there is an oppressed body of labourers Thomas Hodgskin
Neither the lawmaker nor the capitalist possesses any miraculous power of multiplying loaves and fishes; or of commanding, like the enchanters of old, broomsticks to do the work of men. They must have labourers, skilled labourers, and without them it is nonsense to talk of improving a country … Thomas Hodgskin
“Capital” is a sort of cabalistic word, like “Church” or “State,” or any other of those general terms which are invented by those who fleece the rest of mankind to conceal the hand that shears them. Thomas Hodgskin
I should sooner remain in Southern bondage than avail myself of the opportunity of Northern freedom. John Hughes
We want a market economy without any adjectives. Any compromises with that will only fuzzy up the problems we have. Vaclav Klaus
… the spiritual emptiness and moral inadequacy of capitalism Georg Lukacs
Only the Russian Revolution really opened a window to the future; the fall of Czarism brought a glimpse of it, and with the collapse of capitalism it appeared in full view. Georg Lukacs
The general principles of political economy teach us to buy all our commodities where we can have them the cheapest; and perhaps there is no general rule in the whole compass of the science to which fewer justifiable exceptions can be found in practice Thomas Malthus
The labourer has neither raw materials nor tools. These are provided for him by the capitalist. For making this provision the capitalist of course expects a reward James Mill
Global capitalism means that people are no longer confined by the decisions of national elites. These could be the local monopolies, the local powers, politicians, and so on. By making local powers compete or by bypassing them altogether, globalization gives people more freedom to decide. Johan Norberg
People are dying because we in the West are unwilling to change and to actually live by the free market rhetoric we often spout. Johan Norberg
The countries that stand to benefit most from greater competition and openness are those nations that display the highest protection. Arvind Panagariya
I have lived in Germany and know its language and literature, and the spirit and ideals of its rulers. Having given many years to a study of American capitalism. I am not blind to the defects of my own country; but, in spite of these defects, I assert that the difference between the ruling class of Germany and that of America is the difference between the seventeenth century and the twentieth. Upton Sinclair
They [Standard Oil] had never played fair, and that ruined their greatness for me … the open disregard of decent ethical business practices by capitalists. Ida Tarbell
The century that just ended was the bloodiest ever recorded. Enormous sacrifices were required of our youth to preserve our free way of life. But because they were willing to make those sacrifices, our survival as a nation and as a free people is no longer threatened. Democracy and private enterprise, though not without their faults, have prevailed over the collectivist ideologies that threatened us with destruction. Colin Powell
Before we start criticizing capitalism, we ought to try it. We don't factor the value of nature and its services into the market equation. Every year we use roughly $33 trillion worth of nature's services throughout the world's civilizations, and we make little or no effort to pay any of that back. We just use it. Look at the service a bee provides us, for example. A bee doesn't charge hourly fees or anything else. But if we lose the bees, we're not going to eat. And the pollinators are disappearing. David R. Brower
One must denounce the economic, financial, and social mechanisms and structures that are manipulated by the rich and powerful for their own benefit at the expense of the poor John Paul II; Giovanni Battista Montini
Communism has had its success in this century as a reaction against a certain type of unbridaled capitalism. John Paul II
Capitalism has put democracy in trouble, because capitalism has tried to persuade us that being a private consumer is enough. That a citizen is nothing more than a consumer Benjamin R. Barber
What the labor movement did in this country is to make sure that capitalism worked. Howard Dean
As capitalists are in one another’s hair at home, they are at one another’s throats internationally. Daniel DeLeon
Between the working class and the capitalist class, there is an irrepressible conflict, a class struggle for life. No glib-tongued politician can vault over it, no capitalist professor or official statistician can argue it away; no capitalist parson can veil it; no labor faker can straddle it; no “reform” architect can bridge it over. It crops up in all manner of ways Daniel DeLeon
Slavery will everywhere be abolished or everywhere reinstated. George Fitzhugh
[There should be a] veracious history of all the atrocities and havoc inflicted on our country by its former masters; it must show all the loathsome hatred felt by the beasts of prey who had had their claws cut and their teeth drawn …. It will convince the good-natured and the soft-hearted that a capitalist is no longer a human being, but a creature in which an insane lust for profit has consumed every vestige of humanity. This history must be a record of all the blood shed by the capitalists for the sole purpose of maintaining their accustomed conditions of life, the comfortable, delightful, thoroughly corrupt life of two-legged beasts fattening themselves on other people's strength. Maxim Gorky; Aleksei Maximovitch Peshkov
Labor is, on the one hand, more and more furnished by a class; Property or Capital, on the other, held and controlled by another class. Here you have workers without property—the proletariat. There you have property without work—or capital…. The workers without property are excluded from their products, from the riches they create—which accumulate in the hands of the property holders, capitalists and large land-owners. Jules Guesde; Jules Bazile
Militarism is, as all International Congresses have declared, the natural and unavoidable result of the capitalist regime, based on the class struggle, and that this militarism cannot be abolished without abolishing its source, the capitalist regime Jules Guesde; Jules Bazile
Organize, transport your class antagonisms from the economic sphere, where they are perpetrated against you, where they alone can succeed. Take power, become the master of the state. Then, instead of being subject to capitalist law you will make socialist law. Jules Guesde; Jules Bazile
The vote, however legal it may be, is revolutionary when on the basis of class candidatures it organizes France of labor against France of capital. Jules Guesde; Jules Bazile
There is then a universal and forced tendency to reduce to the lowest the workers’ wages, and this law is sufficient to crush all the best intentions of employers, prisoners of the social order, by which, however, they benefit. Jules Guesde; Jules Bazile
War between the proletariat and the capitalist for their respective shares in the produce; on one side, wages, on the other, profits; each side exerting itself to carry off a maximum. Man becomes a wolf for his fellow-man. It is a question of eating one’s brother or being eaten by him. War between workers and workers for the sharing of wages. War between capitalists and capitalists for the sharing of profits. Jules Guesde; Jules Bazile
Wherever the proletariat, organized in a class party- which is to say a party of revolution — can penetrate an elective assembly; wherever it can penetrate an enemy citadel, it has not only the right, but the obligation to make a breach and set up a socialist garrison in the capitalist fortress! Jules Guesde; Jules Bazile
“I make you free,” so speak the Rights of Man to the laborer, “free to earn a wretched living and turn your employer into a millionaire; free to sell him your liberty for a mouthful of bread. He will imprison you ten hours or twelve hours in his workshops; he will not let you go till you are wearied to the marrow of your bones, till you have just enough strength left to gulp down pour soup and sink into a heavy sleep. You have but one of your rights that you may not sell, and that is the right to pay taxes. Paul Lafargue
A strange delusion possesses the working classes of the nations where capitalist civilization holds its sway. This delusion drags in its train the individual and social woes which for two centuries have tortured sad humanity. This delusion is the love of work, the furious passion for work, pushed even to the exhaustion of the vital force of the individual and his progeny Paul Lafargue
And the children? Twelve hours of work for children! 0, misery. But not all the Jules Simon of the Academy of Moral and Political Science, not all the Germanys of Jesuitism, could have invented a vice more degrading to the intelligence of the children, more corrupting of their instincts, more destructive of their organism than work in the vitiated atmosphere of the capitalist factory Paul Lafargue
In order to find work for all the non-producers of our present society, in order to leave room for the industrial equipment to go on developing indefinitely, the working class will be compelled, like the capitalist class, to do violence to its taste for abstinence and to develop indefinitely its consuming capacities. Instead of eating an ounce or two of gristly meat once a day, when it eats any, it will eat juicy beefsteaks of a pound or two; instead of drinking moderately of bad wine, it will become more orthodox than the pope and will drink broad and deep bumpers of Bordeaux and Burgundy without commercial baptism and will leave water to the beasts Paul Lafargue
It is to the interest of the workers’ party to embitter the conflicts which lacerate the capitalist class, instead of seeking to pacify them – these antagonisms quicken the disorganization of the ruling class Paul Lafargue
The philosophers and the moralists had the simplicity to believe that they would stop the woman movement by opposing to it the sacred interest of the family, which they declared could not survive without the subjection of woman to the labors of the household, the sewing on of shirt buttons, the mending of hose, etc., her duty was to devote herself to these obscure and thankless labors, in order that man might freely unfold and display his brilliant and superior faculties. These same philosophers, who lectured the rebellious ladies on the cult of the family, sang the praises of capitalist industry, which, by forcing the wife away from the domestic hearth and her child’s cradle to condemn her to the forced labor of the factory, destroys the working-class family. Paul Lafargue
The Socialists are no fomenters of strikes; they know too well that a strike is a two-edged weapon, wounding the proletariat more deeply and more grievously than the capitalist. But, when the strike is declared, they take their part in the fight. They organize and assist the workers, protecting them against the snares of the police and the brutality of the military, and giving them such moral and material support as is in their power Paul Lafargue
The toilers are more greedily exploited in them [government run nationalized services] than in private enterprise; they are bent beneath an authority that is more powerfully hierarchic; they can neither combine nor strike. Paul Lafargue
To fulfill his double social function of non-producer and over-consumer, the capitalist was not only obliged to violate his modest taste, to lose his laborious habits of two centuries ago and to give himself up to unbounded luxury, spicy indigestibles and syphilitic debauches, but also to withdraw from productive labor an enormous mass of men in order to enlist them as his assistants. Paul Lafargue
Those going to Russia undertake to work their hardest and with the greatest efficiency and discipline exceeding those of capitalist standards, as otherwise Russia will not be able to outstrip capitalism or even catch up with it. Vladimir Lenin
War is coming. That’s inevitable. The capitalist world has reached a state of putrid ferment, and people are already affected by the poison of chauvinism and nationalism. I think we shall yet witness an all-European war. The proletariat? I hardly think the proletariat will find the strength to prevent a blood-bath…The proletariat will suffer terribly, of course, such, alas, is its fate for the time being. But its enemies will enfeeble one another; that, too, is inevitable. Nikolai Lenin
Germany is a despotism, with mock constitutionalism. There is the dictature of capitalism represented by junkerdom, militarism, and police. All independent organizations of working men were forbidden. Wilhelm Liebknecht
The Constituent Assembly ratifies the transfer of all banks to the ownership of the workers' and peasants' government as one of the conditions for the emancipation of the toiling masses from the yoke of capitalism. Russia
The people of Pullman are destitute and starving. Over five thousand human beings are in dire necessity, and appeal to the liberal minded people of Chicago for help. Their unfortunate condition is due to no fault of theirs. They have been noted for their thrift, sobriety, and industry. The fault lies in the hard times and a hard taskmaster. . . . They have struck against a slavery worse than that of the negroes of the South. They, at least, were well fed and well cared for, while the white slaves of Pullman, worked they ever so willingly, could not earn enough to clothe and feed themselves decently--hardly enough to keep body and soul together. Now that they have struck for a living wage, they find themselves penniless, with gaunt famine and despair staring them in the face. . . . Help them as you wished to be helped in the hour of affiliation. Their cause is the cause of humanity. Their struggle is the struggle of honest industry against corporate greed William Thomas Stead
And the children? Twelve hours of work for children! 0, misery. But not all the Jules Simon of the Academy of Moral and Political Science, not all the Germanys of Jesuitism, could have invented a vice more degrading to the intelligence of the children, more corrupting of their instincts, more destructive of their organism than work in the vitiated atmosphere of the capitalist factory. work began at five o'clock in the morning and ended at eight o’clock in the evening, summer and winter. It was a sight to watch them arrive each morning into the city and depart each evening. Among them were a multitude of women, pale, often walking bare-footed through the mud, and who for lack of umbrellas when the rain or snow fell, wore their aprons or skirts turned up over their heads. There was a still larger number of young children, equally dirty, equally pale, covered with rags, greasy from the machine oil which drops on them while they work. They were better protected from the rain because their clothes shed water; but unlike the women just mentioned, they did not carry their day’s provisions in a basket, but they carried in their hands or hid under their clothing as best they might, the morsel of bread which must serve them as food until time for them to return home. Thus to the strain of an insufferably long day – at least fifteen hours – is added for these wretches the fatigue of the painful daily journeys. Consequently they reach home overwhelmed by the need of sleep, and next day they rise before they are completely rested in order to reach the factory by the opening time. Dr. Villermem
Women constitute a cheap labor force and above all a submissive one that only in the rarest of cases dares to kick against the thorns of capitalist exploitation, the capitalists multiply the possibilities of women’s work in industry. As a result of all this, the proletarian woman has achieved her independence. But verily, the price was very high and for the moment they have gained very little. Clara Zetkin
Precisely fifteen years ago, at this very hour, you could still hear the echoes of the last shots of the battle that smashed one of Yankee imperialism's most sinister and traitorous actions against a Latin American people. Giro'n went down in history as the first defeat of Yankee imperialism on this continent …. The option between the past and the future, reaction or progress, treason or loyalty to principles, capitalism or socialism, imperialist domination or liberation, was what was decided at Giro'n on April 19, 1961. Fidel Castro
Bourgeois society stands at the crossroads, either transition to socialism or regression into barbarism Friedrich Engels
The struggle against imperialism develops ever more into the decisive struggle between capital and labor. German Social Democratic Party
Consumerism is not simply a market strategy. It has become a demonic spiritual force among us Walter Brueggemann
Africa has failed to develop because, our leaders opted for socialism and . short-sighted policies of seizing. . .private business wrecked economies by chasing off investors while taking away incentives for local business to flourish Yoweri Museveni
Capitalism is very unfair but it is the only system that works. Richard Branson
Free markets tend to promote democracy. Michael Mandelbaum
We have ended the dreaded Communism, we must now end the dreaded capitalism. . . . We have to use less. Cutting our consumption by 75% is a very reasonable and relatively easily obtainable goal. Andrew Kerr
The only path of liberation for black people is that which leads toward complete and radical overthrow of the capitalist class. Angela Davis
The problem is capitalism. The only solution, as difficult as this may be to contemplate at the present time, is socialism. John Bellamy Foster
Free enterprise really means rich people getting richer: they have the freedom to exploit and psychologically rape their fellow human beings in the process…Capitalism is destroying the earth Helen Caldicott
It's a bumper sticker culture. People have to get it like that, and if they don't, if it takes three seconds to make them understand, you're off their radar screen. Lawrence Lessig
We are on the cusp of this time where I can say, "I speak as a citizen of the world" without others saying, "God, what a nut. Lawrence Lessig
Gold is power Aurum est Potestas Ancient Roman Proverb
Would you rather lead an army of slaves? Milton Friedman
A good chief gives, he does not take. Mohawk Indian Tribe
Only when the last tree has withered, and the last fish caught, and the last river been poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money. Cree Tribe
The kind of hope I grew up with is missing in today's ghetto youth because of a breakdown in family life. It has its roots in slavery when often the father of the family was uprooted and sold down the river. The son would grow up and get married and, when he was unable to get a job because there were not jobs for a black man, he would get embarrassed that he could not support his family and walk out thinking, "my mother did it alone and my wife is no better." Well, that went on generation after generation, and it's no better today. There still are no jobs and welfare encourages the man to leave the family. One of the greatest problems facing the country is how to reconcile the young ghetto dweller with the rest of America. We have a large problem of ignorance, lack of opportunity, and divided families. I worry about how we are going to solve it. It's not just trying to persuade people to be nice and understanding. I've been as angry as anyone else. But most people define the end of anger as when you become well-off. I think as we resolve the breakdown of the black family, caused by slavery and continued by welfare, the problem will come closer to its solution Percy Julian
We" are not the government; the government is not "us." The government does not in any accurate sense "represent" the majority of the people Murray Rothbard
Capitalism is the fullest expression of anarchism, and anarchism is the fullest expression of capitalism. Murray Rothbard
Conflicts have to be resolved. That is the responsibility of leadership. And globalization is the biggest conflict today. M. Farooq Kathwari
Most American flags are made in China as you know. M. Farooq Kathwari
Our security strategies have not yet caught up with the risks we are facing. The globalization that has swept away the barriers to the movement of goods, ideas and people has also swept with it barriers that confined and localized security threats. Mohamed El Baradei
Americans today are blaming globalization for change itself and the pace of change, much of which has little to do with globalization. Roger Altman
China is a company of contradictions. Nothing is what it appears to be. We have to be extremely respectful when we go overseas. Howard Schultz
I am not looking for people to be more kind to the homeless; I want to put an end to homelessness. Walter Benn Michaels
The ideas of socialism are not modern ideas. Nicolas Sarkozy
I believe in capitalism but in fair capitalism. Nicolas Sarkozy
Debt relief without the opening of markets will not relieve third world countries from their poverty. Alastair McKechnie
We are told that we must open up, that trade and commerce must be totally free. Free for whom? For rogue speculators. For anarchists wanting to destroy weak countries in their crusade for open societies, to force us to submit to the dictatorship of international manipulators. Mohamad Mahathir
A third and most secret phase of Operation Condor involves the formation of special teams … who are to travel anywhere in the world to carry out sanctions up to assassinations …. Special teams would be issued false documentation from member countries of Operation Condor. Robert Scherrer
Does our hand show in this? Richard Nixon
I think the defining issue of our time is: Does the economic, social, and political system work for the middle class? Lawrence Summers
… frittered away, 9 times out of 10, in things which pertain to the body and not to the spirit; upon richer food and drink, better clothing, more extravagant living, which are beneficial neither to rich or nor poor. Andrew Carnegie
If our civilization is destroyed, as Macaulay predicted, it will not be by his barbarians from below. Our barbarians come from above. Our great money-makers have sprung in one generation into seats of power kings do not know. The forces and the wealth are new, and have been the opportunity of new men. Without restraints of culture, experience, the pride, or even the inherited caution of class or rank, these men, intoxicated, think they are the wave instead of the float. and that they have created the business which has created them. To them science is but a never-ending repertoire of investments stored up by nature for the syndicates, government but a fountain of franchises, the nations but customers in squads… Henry Demarest Lloyd
Democracy must knock the rough edges off capitalism so that capitalism is safe for everyone and not just the big boys. David R. Obey
The world no longer permits the stronger to kill the weaker, but it allows the wealthy to oppress the poor. Money is holier than man. Human life is less sacred than property. To save a dollar is regarded as a more necessary virtue than to save a human heart. Society cares more for fortune than for truth. Lemuel K. Washburn
No one, nowadays, pretends that juridical action alone can directly produce any fundamental economic change, but it can certainly put the capitalist in a tight place, and the special advantage of the measures proposed is that they admit of being strengthened or relaxed without violent disturbance of the status quo. E. Belfort Bax
The main cause of trade depressions is over-production that is that want is produced by a glut of commodities. The working classes create during the period when trade is brisk more goods than are required for the market; they thereby forge their own chains, since a reaction ensues, with the result that millions are thrown out of work are deprived of the necessaries of life. E. Belfort Bax
There are some who incline to favor a “minimum wage,” but who “kick at” a “maximum price.” Such surely forget that the capitalist could here just as easily as in the case of a rise in wages compelled by a workmen’s combination, or by any other cause, take his old profits out at the other end by raising the price of the manufactured article. E. Belfort Bax
Inequality is a good thing. You can’t have a capitalistic system without it. But we have excessive inequality now. Virtually all the benefits are going to a small group of people. Barney Frank
The existence of the: Soviet Republic, side by side with the imperialist states for a long time is unthinkable. One or the other must triumph in the end. Vladimir Lenin
The United States now has as its goal much more than simply containing Soviet expansionism. We seek the integration of the Soviet Union into the communlty of nations. . .. Ultimately, our objective is to welcome the Soviet Union back into the world order. George W. Bush
Black market sounds negative, but, in fact, everybody loved the black markets during the communist era. It was the only place that officials and others could get shoes and consumer products. There were shortages everywhere. The black market during the Soviet era was essentially the only capitalism there was. Amy L. Chua
That's what we were doing for the last twenty years, telling everybody to adopt a raw capitalism with no safety nets, no redistributive mechanisms…. I think we have to find ways to spread the benefits of global markets beyond just the small group of market-dominant minorities and foreign investors. We need to find ways to redistribute the wealth, whether it's property title and giving poor people property, land reform.... Redistributive mechanisms are tough to have if you have so much corruption. Amy L. Chua
The idea that you have to rent yourself to somebody and follow their orders, and that they own and you work there, and you built it but you don't own it, that's a highly unnatural notion. You don't have to study any complicated theories to see that this is an attack on human dignity. Noam Chomsky
The Confucian culture really did contribute to the initial face of the industrialization of several Asian countries because it emphasized discipline and group behavior and so on, which was needed to initiate the industrialization process. Cho Soon
As China grows economically, in its wake you will see a greater degree of political liberalization, a greater confidence in embracing the democratic principles … Anson Chan
...industrialisation took centuries, rather than decades Christine MacLeod
Industrial Revolution Arnold J. Toynbee
Money plays the largest part in determining the course of history Karl Marx
I am a capitalist—a rich businessman and most of you are not. Karen Hughes
The railways of the world, except in those countries where they have been held under the strict regulation and supervision of the government, have proved themselves arbitrary, extortionate and as opposed to free institutions and free commerce between states as were the feudal barons of the middle ages. Illinois State Farmers' Association
The marriage of Capital with Science was responsible for the great leap forward into what we live in today. Pure scientists discovered the components into which the natural environment could be decomposed; investors placed their bets on the various methods of decomposition; applied scientists or managers saw to it that the wage workers in their charge carried the project through. Social scientists sought ways to make the workers less human, more efficient and machine-like. Thanks to science, capitalists were able to transform much of the natural environment into a processed world, an artifice, and to reduce most human beings into efficient tenders of the artifice. Fredy Perlman
Amassing huge profits, sometimes at the deficit of human welfare, is the motivating factor of western capitalism. Kwaku Person-Lynn
For the laboring class there cannot exist a peace of compromise on the basis of a capitalist regime Otto Ruhle
In the society of to-day the means of production are a monopoly of the capitalistic class; the dependence of the working classes which results from this is the cause of misery and of servitude in all its forms. Socialist Labor Party of Germany
The capitalist engine is first and last an engine of mass production which unavoidably means also production for the masses. Joseph A. Schumpeter
One of the most important features of the later stages of capitalist civilization is the vigorous expansion of the educational apparatus and particularly of the facilities for higher education. Joseph A. Schumpeter
The essential point to grasp is that in dealing with capitalism we are dealing with an evolutionary process. Joseph A. Schumpeter
Capitalism is that form of private property economy in which innovations are carried out by means of borrowed money. Joseph A. Schumpeter
Prediction of whether or not the capitalist order will survive is, in part, a matter of terminology. Joseph A. Schumpeter
I am thinking this morning of the men in the mills and factories; I am thinking of the women who, for a paltry wage, are compelled to work out their lives; of the little children who, in this system, are robbed of their childhood, and in their early, tender years, are seized in the remorseless grasp of Mammon, and forced into the industrial dungeons, there to feed the machines while they themselves are being starved body and soul.... Eugene V. Debs
Our present joyless labour, and our lives scared and anxious as the life of a hunted beast, are forced upon us by the present system of producing for the profit of the privileged classes. William Morris
Gold that's put to use more gold begets. William Shakespeare
The barbarous gold barons -- they did not find the gold, they did not mine the gold, they did not mill the gold, but by some weird alchemy all the gold belonged to them! William Dudley Haywood; Big Bill Haywood
Financial markets have a tendency to go to excess. Robert E. Rubin
The things and ways the West took to the rest have become the ways of the world. Fouad Ajami
There is a profound unfairness embedded in the economic system. Irshad Manji
In the United States you have socialism for the rich and free markets for the poor. Adrian Woolridge
It’s hard to be a fan of the free market these days when the free market has just driven the economy over the cliff. David Wessel
Where industry is everything and man is nothing begins the realm of a ruthless economic despotism whose workings are no less disastrous than those of any political despotism. Rudolph Rocker
The modern state, no matter what its form, is essentially a capitalist machine -- the state of the capitalists, the ideal personification of the total national capital. The more it proceeds to the taking over of productive forces, the more does it actually become the national capitalist, the more citizens does it exploit. Friedrich Engels
We saw that the free market economy was not enough when the Harvard boys failed to deliver free market capitalism to Russia after the Soviet Union collapsed. David Willetts
The imperialists have also imposed on us an unjust economic order, and thereby divided our people into two groups: oppressors and oppressed. Hundreds of millions of Muslims are hungry and deprived of all form of health care and education. Ruhollah Khomeini
Those words freedom and opportunity do not mean a license to climb upwards by pushing other people down. Franklin D. Roosevelt
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
Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The Bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create deposits, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take it away from them, and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear and they ought to disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live in. But, if you wish to remain the slaves of Bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create deposits Josiah Stamp
Only 18 percent of the income of America’s richest families come from work—hard or otherwise. In America, most wealth does not come from hard work, It comes from wealth. Juan Williams
I am not given to Political Economy, but I can use my eyes. I have never seen the masters (mill owners) getting thin and haggard for want of food Elizabeth Gaskell
The outstanding faults of the economic society in which we live are its failure to provide for full employment and its arbitrary and inequitable distribution of wealth and incomes. John Maynard Keynes
Capitalism, wisely managed, can probably be made more efficient for attaining economic ends than any alternative system yet in sight, but that in itself it is in many ways extremely objectionable John Maynard Keynes
A superior man thinks of what is right. A small man thinks of profit. Confucius
The Atlantic Slave Trade was greatest planned accumulation of wealth that the world has ever known. C. L. R. James; Johnson, J. R,
Brazil was a capitalist society without capital. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Socialism makes war upon a system not a class…. Labour should capture power, not destroy it. James Keir Hardie
Business’s objective is to maximize profits—not maximize benefits to the American worker. Mark Shields
It's beyond me how anybody can look at these protestors and call them anything other than what they are: anti-American, anticapitalist, pro-Marxist communists. Rush Limbaugh
The American agenda is sweeping everything before it, and although it's not perfect, the EU is better on environmental issues. It's a less rapacious form of capitalism. Ken Livingstone
As a poodle may have his hair cut long or his hair cut short, as he may be trimmed with pink ribbons or with blue ribbons, yet he remains the same old poodle, so capitalism may be trimmed with factory laws, tenement laws, divorce laws and gambling laws, but it remains the same old capitalism. These “humanitarian parts” are only trimming the poodle. Socialism, one and inseparable with its “antirent and anticapital parts,” means to get rid of the poodle.. Daniel De Leon
Shelterless, naked, and hungry, He is exposed to the bleak winds, the cold rains, and hot sun of heaven, with none that love him, none that care for him. His employer hates him because he asks high wages or joins strikes; his fellow laborer hates him because he competes with him for employment…. Let him fare at least as well as the dog, and the horse, and the sheep. Better to be down with the kids and the goats, than stand naked and hungry without. As a slave, he will be beloved and protected. Whilst free, he will be hated, despised, and persecuted. Such is the will of God and order of Providence. It is idle to inquire the reasons. George Fitzhugh
Markets can do certain things, but markets cannot do other things Jeffrey Sachs
Greed has been severely underestimated and denigrated—unfairly so in my opinion. … there's nothing wrong with avarice as a motive as long as it doesn't lead to dishonest … conduct. Conrad Black
I will begin a new program to get private enterprise into the ghetto and the ghetto into private enterprise. I call it “Black Capitalism.” More black ownership of business and land and homes can be the multiplier of pride that will end our racial strife. Richard Nixon
What is most unsettling to Americans about China is not their Communism but their Capitalism. Thomas Friedman
Dubai has been built very fast. The plan was money. The architect was money. The designer was money … And if you ever wondered what money would look like if it were left to its own devices, it’s Dubai. Adrian Anthony Gill
Workers cannot buy with their salaries what they have produced and at the same time copiously nourish the swarm of idlers who live upon their work. Peter Kropotkin
There is an unbroken chain of opposition to the introduction of economic freedom and to the capitalist autonomy of the economic sphere. ...In every case the opposition could only be overcome--peacefully or by force--because of the promise of capitalism to establish equality. ...That this promise was an illusion we all know Peter Drucker
Socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor. Richard Brodsky
Tell me how poor Ireland, exhausted and drained of her life-blood at every pore, with a population almost wholly agricultural and unused to mechanical pursuits, is to establish new factories, and where she is to find the customers to keep them going. She cannot create new markets. This world is only limited after all, and the nations of Europe are pushing their way into its remote corners so rapidly that in a few years time, at most, the entire world will have been exhausted as a market ... James Connolly
America…could within twenty years bring us to a degree of development which Turks, left to themselves, would not be able to achieve in a century. It would make Turkey prosperous, rich and happy and turn Turks into a strong and civilized nation. Riza Nur
Wishing to close up the abyss of usury, which devours souls and swallows up property …. expel all such notorious usurers from their territories within three months, never to admit any such for the future. Nobody is to let houses to them for usury, nor grant them houses under any other title. Those indeed who act otherwise, if they are ecclesiastical persons, patriarchs, archbishops or bishops, are to know that they incur automatic suspension; lesser individual persons, excommunication, colleges or other communities, interdict. If they remain obdurate throughout a month, their territories shall lie henceforth under ecclesiastical interdict as long as the usurers remain there Second Council Of Lyons
Capitalism in one century of growth has enormously increased its power, not only through expansion over the entire earth, but also through development into new forms Anton Pannekoek
it must be right to suggest that all countries should use their resources so as to advance the right to development for their people in an equitable manner and that all countries should cooperate for the mutual achievement of the right to development. The alternative to such a policy framework is a Darwinian world of market-oriented capitalism with no social or human rights safety nets. How can developing countries survive in such a world? Bertrand G. Ramcharan
The precondition of all happiness…and particularly of economic and commercial development is tranquility, security and order beyond the reach of any violation. Kemal Ataturk
Unevenness of economic and political development is the inflexible law of capitalism. Vladimir Lenin
Democracy is of great importance for the working class in its struggle for freedom against the capitalists. But ... it is only one of the stages in the course of development from feudalism to capitalism, and from capitalism to Communism. Vladimir Lenin
Ideas do not fall from heaven, and nothing comes to us in a dream. The change in the ways of thinking, lately produced by the historic doctrine which we are here examining and commenting upon, takes place at first slowly and afterwards with an increasing rapidity, precisely in that period of human development, in which were realized the great politico-economic revolutions, that is to say, in that epoch which, considered in its political forms, is called liberal, but which, considered in its basis, by reason of the domination of capital over the proletarian mass, is the epoch of anarchical production. Antonio Labriola
Malthusian famine scenarios have systematically distracted attention from the fact that it is not people’s reproductive habits that are the principal source of most of the misuse or waste of the world’s resources, but the contradictions and motives of capitalist development. Eric B. Ross
Whether the state be Marxist or capitalist, it makes no difference. The dominant ideology is that of sovereignty. Jacques Ellul
The inescapable fact is that when we build a society based on greed, selfishness, and ruthless competition, the fruits we can expect to reap are economic insecurity at home and international discord abroad. Thomas Clement Douglas
The capitalist system did not produce the machine age; the machine age produced the capitalist system. The material prosperity that the world has enjoyed for the last seventy-five years or one hundred years has been due to the introduction of power; steam power, then electric power and the internal combustion engine. The capitalist system or the free enterprise system - the terms are synonymous and interchangeable - was the product of the power age. The capitalist system did not produce the power age. Thomas Clement Douglas
Labor [is], capital in slave society George Fitzhugh
Labor alone creates and pays the profits of capital. George Fitzhugh
It is impossible to place labor and capital in harmonious or friendly relations, except by the means of slavery George Fitzhugh
The production of goods had become an end in itself and the consumption of goods only the means to further production. Lionel Trilling
Economic Man faces a merciless world alone and unaided, his hand against every other's. Lionel Trilling
There is a difference between being a venture capitalist and a vulture capitalist Rick Perry
Wall Street equals War Street Anonymous
Greed is good. Oliver Stone
The company has always been one of the great mysteries of capitalism: liberals and socialists have never known quite what to think about it. The company is collectivist and co-operative, based on hierarchy, bureaucracy and planning rather than individualism, competition and exchange. Companies appear as little islands of socialism in the market sea. Andrew Gamble
The rich men, in free society, may, if they please, lounge about town, visit clubs, attend the theatre, and have no other trouble than that of collecting rents, interest and dividends of stock. In a well constituted slave society, there should be no idlers. But we cannot divine how the capitalists in free society are to put to work. The master labors for the slave, they exchange industrial value. But the capitalist, living on his income, gives nothing to his subjects. He lives by mere exploitations. George Fitzhugh
American capitalism today offers us no assurances that our efforts will be rewarded by security, stability or enough income to let us live well or at least well enough… Contemporary capitalism turns all workers—laborers and managers alike—into economic junk. The days if a long career with one employer, once a key part of the American dream, are long gone for most workers. Marcellus Andrews
What is price gouging and what is capitalism can sometimes be a fine line. Aaron Brown
Individualism is to collectivism as capitalism is to socialism Khmer Rouge
Oppressive and intolerable as was the regime of the great consolidations of capital, even its victims, while they cursed it, were forced to admit the prodigious increase of efficiency which had been imparted to the national industries, the vast economies effected by concentration of management and unity of organization Edward Bellamy
The records of the period show that the outcry against the concentration of capital was furious. Men believed that it threatened society with a form of tyranny more abhorrent than it had ever endured. Edward Bellamy
The railways of the world, except in those countries where they have been held under the strict regulation and supervision of the government, have proved themselves arbitrary, extortionate and as opposed to free institutions and free commerce between states as were the feudal barons of the middle ages. Anonymous
The time has come when the railroad corporations will either own the people or the people must own the railroads; Ignatius Donnelly
The fruits of the toil of millions are boldly stolen to build up colossal fortunes for a few. Ignatius Donnelly
This association of poverty with progress is the great enigma of our times. Henry George
There are practices which most people believe should be ended. They include … the shifting of actual production form one locality or region to another in pursuit of the cheapest wage scale. Franklin D. Roosevelt
We have … a clear mandate from the people, that Americans must forswear that conception of the acquisition of wealth which, through excessive profits, creates undue private power over private affairs and, to our misfortune, over public affairs as well. Franklin D. Roosevelt
We do not destroy ambition, nor do we seek to divide our wealth into equal shares on stated occasions. We continue to recognize the greater ability of some to earn more than others. But we do assert that the ambition of the individual to obtain for him and his a proper security, a reasonable leisure, and a decent living throughout life is an ambition to be preferred to the appetite for great wealth and great power. Franklin D. Roosevelt
I am a socialist not because I think it is a perfect system, but half a loaf is better than no bread. The other system has been tried and found wanting Swami Vivekananda; Narendra Nath
The railroads are not run for the benefit of the 'dear public' — that cry is all nonsense — they are built by men who invest their money and expect to get a fair percentage on the same William Henry Vanderbilt
Nothing of value is free. Jack Valenti
If the land was divided among all the inhabitants of a country, so that each of them possessed precisely the quantity necessary for his support, and nothing more; it is evident that all of them being equal, no one would work for another. Neither would any of them possess wherewith to pay another for his labor, for each person having only such a quantity of land as was necessary to produce a subsistence, would consume all he should gather, and would not have anything to give in exchange for the labor of others. Anne Robert Jacques Turgot
Why was it, if you were a wealthy European industrialist in the 19th century, you would also most likely be a Protestant. There had been a shift of economic power from Catholic Countries like Italy and Spain towards Protestant countries like England and Germany? It seemed as if there were some kind of connection between the content of your faith—the form of your worship and your economic fortunes… What was it about Protestantism that made people not only work harder but save and accumulate capital? Niall Ferguson
Monopoly and privilege must be destroyed, opportunity afforded, and competition encouraged. This is Liberty's work. Benjamin Tucker
Economic man and sensual man are not suppressible. Barbara Tuchman
From time to time, capitalism has a tendency to implode. Bill Clinton
Fascism is nothing but capitalist reaction; from the point of view of the proletariat the difference between the types of reaction is meaningless. Leon Trotsky
… the passion for wealth is certainly in some senses new. It grew up very rapidly at the beginning of the present century [19th]; it was not so strong in the last century [18th], when men were much more content to lead a quiet easy life of leisure. The change has really influenced the relations between men; but in the future it is quite possible that the scramble for wealth may grow less intense, and a change in the opposite direction take place. Arnold J. Toynbee
To the capitalists we appeal to use their wealth, as many of their order already do, as a great national trust, and not for selfish purposes alone. Arnold J. Toynbee
It [industrial capitalism] came to be believed in as a gospel, ... from which it was regarded as little short of immoral to depart. Arnold J. Toynbee
The essence of the Industrial Revolution was the substitution of competition for the medieval regulations which had previously controlled the production and distribution of wealth. Arnold J. Toynbee
I know of no country, indeed, where the love of money has taken stronger hold on the affections of men, and where the profounder contempt is expressed for the theory of the permanent equality of property. Alexis de Tocqueville
If the laborer gets no more than the wages which his employer pays him, he is cheated ... Henry David Thoreau
Indeed, it is unnecessary to do more than point out that the worst danger of cataclysm in a capitalist society is the danger of war arising out of imperialism born of the union of capitalism and nationalism. Norman Thomas
There is no use in repeating that threadbare capitalist boast that we have more things than ever before and that workers are better off than were ancient kings. The point is that no age has ever so tragically failed to use the machinery it had for ease and security of living. Things may have increased but so has insecurity. The peasant and artisan of old was assured work and an honorable place in his family and community while he lived. He knew nothing of the dead line at forty or forty-five which gives new terror to old age. He knew almost nothing of unemployment as a social disease which in so-called normal times affects some ten per cent of the workers and is today the lot of twenty-five to thirty-three per cent of them. Norman Thomas
… capitalism is about rewards and punishments, not just rewards. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
We must take from the right nationalism without capitalism and from the left socialism without internationalism. Gregor Strasser
War is capitalism with the gloves off … Tom Stoppard
We live in a world today where the capitalists' confidence in their ability to rule has been shaken. Augustin Tosco
Since the equality of fortunes reigns in the North, and slavery does not exist there, man finds himself absorbed with those same material wants which the white man disdains in the South. He knows it admirable to take advantage of nature and men to produce riches. Alexis de Tocqueville
…set bounds to the quest of wealth… Horace
…in a just society, no one can ever be reduced to poverty or forced to beg. Plato
Restrict the right of the rich to buy up any anything and everything, and then to exercise a kind of monopoly. Thomas More
There is no resting place for an enterprise in a competitive economy. Alfred P. Sloan
I wonder why progress looks so much like destruction. John Steinbeck
Arrangements to make people pay for using a program, including licensing of copies, always incur a tremendous cost to society through the cumbersome mechanisms necessary to figure out how much (that is, which programs) a person must pay for. And only a police state can force everyone to obey them. Consider a space station where air must be manufactured at great cost: charging each breather per liter of air may be fair, but wearing the metered gas mask all day and all night is intolerable even if everyone can afford to pay the air bill. And the TV cameras everywhere to see if you ever take the mask off are outrageous. It's better to support the air plant with a head tax and chuck the masks. Copying all or parts of a program is as natural to a programmer as breathing, and as productive. It ought to be as free. Richard Stallman
One of the glaring failures of capitalism is the continuing widespread existence of poverty - often extreme poverty. Even in the advanced economies, many millions of people endure terrible economic and social deprivation, despite the incredible wealth all around them. Jim Stanford
Competition—ruthless, unforgiving, to-the-death competition—is a crucial feature of capitalism. Jim Stanford
Capitalism … has existed for fewer than 300 years. If the entire history of Homo sapiens was a 24-hour day, then capitalism has existed for two minutes … Economic systems come, and economic systems go. No economic system lasts forever. Capitalism is not likely to last forever, either. Jim Stanford
There is no proletarian, not even a Communist movement, that has not operated in the interests of money, and for the time being permitted by money – and that without the idealists among its leaders having the slightest suspicion of the fact. Oswald Spengler
Thus by survival of the fittest, the militant type of society becomes characterized by profound confidence in the governing power, joined with a loyalty causing submission to it in all matters whatever Herbert Spencer
Although the ideal of free enterprise could, indeed, lend itself to the uplifting of the human condition, when it is practiced for profit alone, it becomes but a license for the powerful to further enslave the weak. Gerry Spence
There is no single sustainable model for national success. … the American model, which has indeed been successful, is not available to others, because our success depends greatly on our dominant position at the center of the global capitalist system, and we are not willing to yield it. George Soros
Is there not some justification for the opinion that the United States owe their very existence to the Jews? And if this be so, how much more can it be asserted that Jewish influence made the United States just what they are—that is, American? For what we call Americanism is nothing else, if we may say so, than the Jewish spirit distilled. Werner Sombart
American capitalism is predatory, and American politics are corrupt: The same thing is true in England and the same in France; but in all these three countries the dominating fact is that whatever the people get ready to change the government, they can change it. The same thing is not true of Germany Upton Sinclair
I consider the Birch Society futile, because they are not for capitalism but merely against communism ... I gather they believe that the disastrous state of today's world is caused by a communist conspiracy. This is childishly naive and superficial. No country can be destroyed by a mere conspiracy, it can be destroyed only by ideas. Ayn Rand
Only ignoramuses – people who know nothing about history and nothing about Lenin's theory of imperialism – can conceive of imperialism as a phenomenon unique to capitalist society. Max Shachtman
Although capitalism is, in principle, strongly individualistic, it has contributed in practice to reinforce the trend to integration, because it has made our lives more and more interdependent. Amartya Sen
The capitalist process shapes things and souls for socialism. Joseph A. Schumpeter
Situations emerge in the process of creative destruction in which many firms may have to perish that nevertheless would be able to live on vigorously and usefully if they could weather a particular storm. Joseph A. Schumpeter
Lack of outlets, excess capacity, complete deadlock, in the end regular recurrence of national bankruptcies and other disasters--perhaps world wars from sheer capitalist despair--may confidently be anticipated. History is as simple as that. Joseph A. Schumpeter
Any existing structures and all the conditions of doing business are always in a process of change. Every situation is being upset before it has had time to work itself out. Economic progress, in a capitalist society, means turmoil. Joseph A. Schumpeter
… capitalism is being killed by its achievements. Joseph A. Schumpeter
… a depression is for capitalism like a good, cold douche. Joseph A. Schumpeter
Triumphant capitalism has unleashed a powerful drive toward inequality, not improvement, in the social sphere. Herbert Irving Schiller
Capitalist development requires, as a precondition, that the state foster a general sociopolitical and legal framework conducive to market relationships. An environment of security of property and predictability is basic to encourage investment; in turn, this requires political stability and a minimum degree of social harmony. John Richard Sandbrook
The whites didn’t really steal the land, because the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves John Wayne
While the law [of competition] may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it insures the survival of the fittest in every department. We accept and welcome, therefore, as conditions to which we must accommodate ourselves, great inequality of environment, the concentration of business, industrial and commercial, in the hands of a few, and the law of competition between these, as being not only beneficial, but essential for the future progress of the race. Andrew Carnegie
I do not believe that the present flowering of science is due in the least to a real appreciation of the beauty and intellectual discipline of the subject. It is due simply to the fact that power, wealth and prestige can only be obtained by the correct application of science. Derek H. R. Barton
Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that to-day is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity. William Howard Taft
Exploitation and oppression is not a matter of race. It is the system, the apparatus of world-wide brigandage called imperialism, which made the Powers behave the way they did. I have no illusions on this score, nor do I believe that any Asian nation or African nation, in the same state of dominance, and with the same system of colonial profit-amassing and plunder, would have behaved otherwise. Han Suyin
There are no employees without employers. Thomas Friedman
… a good society ensues from the selfish pursuits of individual men. Leland Hazard
In Japan, there was no comparable (to our competitive economy) organic development; when the country was suddenly thrown open, the very idea of 'competition' was strange to them, and when Western economic writings were first translated into Japanese, it was necessary to make a new word for it. It was a combination of the Japanese words for 'race' and 'fight.' Arthur Koestler
What is really at stake here is the survival of the kind of economy under which this country has grown great, the free-enterprise system J. Cullen Ganey
The industrial competition of China would be incomparably more dangerous to Western civilization than that of any other nation, not only because of its multiformity, but also because it is a competition to which nature has set no climatic limits. Thrifty and patient and cunning as Jews, the Chinese can accommodate themselves to any climate and to any environment….. Once China has been penetrated by the forces of Western civilization, her population will begin to display new activities, and to expand in all possible directions. Chinese competition will have to be faced, probably, very much sooner than had been expected. Lafcadio Hearn
The outstanding ground for cheerfulness lies, I think, in this -- that the system has shown already its capacity to stand an almost inconceivable strain.... This remarkable capacity of the system to take punishment is the best reason for hoping that we still have time to rally the constructive forces of the world. John Maynard Keynes
Can we prevent an almost complete collapse of the financial structure of modern capitalism? With no financial leadership left in the world and profound intellectual error as to causes and cures prevailing in the responsible seats of power, one begins to wonder and to doubt.... The financial and political authorities of the world have lacked the courage or the conviction at each stage of the decline to apply the available remedies in sufficiently drastic doses; and by now they have allowed the collapse to reach a point where the whole system may have lost its resiliency and its capacity for a rebound. John Maynard Keynes
The growth of New England was a result of the aggregate efforts of a busy multitude, each in his narrow circle toiling for himself, to gather competence or wealth. The expansion of New France was the achievement of a gigantic ambition striving to grasp a continent. It was a vain attempt. Francis Parkman
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. Vilfredo Pareto
It is ironic that people of modest means sometimes become conservative out of a scarcity fear bred by the very capitalist system they support. Michael Parenti
America was not discovered. It was built. History Channel
For all its apparent tolerance, the USA maintains a peculiar balance between the forces of capitalism and democracy. To achieve this I feel sure the country is guided by some hidden force; an organization working in secrecy, powerful enough to dispose of the Kennedys and of anyone else who gets in its way. Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
We adopt no slogan but we embrace everything which seems good to us, whether it be labeled communism, socialism or capitalism.... Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
One of the first things we must get rid of is the idea that democracy is tantamount to capitalism. Eleanor Roosevelt
The few who understand the system [of banking with capitalism] will either be so interested in its profits or be so dependent upon its favors that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system, will bear its burdens without complaint, and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests Mayer Amschel Rothschild
Marx is the prophet of globalized capitalism. Eric Foner
What Americans should by now be able to see is that neither the laissez-faire marketplace nor strong government has given them a satisfying or permanent resolution. The problem is not the marketplace and it is not government. The problem originates in the contest of clashing values between society and capitalism and, since this human society cannot surrender its deepest values, it must try to alter capitalism's. William Greider
As we look deeper for the soul of capitalism, we find that, in the terms of ordinary human existence, American capitalism doesn't appear to have one. William Greider
I wonder why progress looks so much like destruction. John Steinbeck
Democracy and capitalism have both been hacked. Al Gore
The whole policy of the Cotton dynasty tends necessarily to making broader the chasm between these orders is most apparent. It makes the rich richer, and the poor poorer; for, as, according to the creed of the dynasty, capital should own labor, and the labor thus owned can alone successfully produce cotton. Charles Francis Adams II
Capitalism had been more revolutionary than any previous social system. It had swept away without scruples old institutions and modes of thought, if they were found to stand in its way. Eric Roll
The merchant created the industrialist. Eric Roll
Because of his social position there are left no limits to the power lust of the modern capitalist. He can interfere with inconsiderate egoism in the lives of his fellowmen and play the part of Providence for others. Rudolph Rocker
... the misery of being exploited by capitalists is nothing compared to the misery of not being exploited at all. Joan Robinson
We have to stop allowing economics to be used as a trump card. Capitalism is like math. It is amoral. It is good at producing wealth; it's bad at distributing wealth. Unless it operates within a moral framework it will produce an unjust society. Charley Reese
In a capitalist society, all human relationships are voluntary. Men are free to cooperate or not, to deal with one another or not, as their own individual judgments, convictions and interests dictate. Ayn Rand
A basic contradiction between socialism and the market economy does not exist. Deng Xiaoping
It doesn't matter whether the cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice. Deng Xiaoping
… what our national experience has made plain is this, that to remain in a continually exalted moral condition is not human nature. That has happened which was prophesied: we have gone down hill from the Revolution until now; we are absorbed in "mere money-getting. Voltairine de Cleyre
The Constitution was made chiefly because of the demands of Commerce. Voltairine de Cleyre
Property is proper to man. Dorothy Day
Capitalism is taking away all the opportunity from our children and grandchildren. Afghanistan
Democracy and economic reform go together. Condoleeza Rice
The best industrial policy is competition. Feng Xingyuan
The moral foundations of a society do not extend only to its political system; they must extend to its economic system as well. America's commitment to capitalism is unquestionably the best example of this principle. Capitalism is not, contrary to what those on the left have tried to argue, an amoral system based on selfishness, greed, and exploitation. It is a moral system based on a biblical ethic. There is no other comparable system that has raised the standard of living of millions of people, created vast new wealth and resources, or inspired so many beneficial innovations and technologies. The wonderful thing about capitalism is that it does not discriminate against the poor, as so often has been charged; indeed, it is the only economic system that raises the poor out of poverty. Capitalism also allows nations that are not rich in natural resources to prosper. Margaret Thatcher
When you grow up in the Soviet society under the communists you heard about the one man who is especially dangerous, especially crazy, and absolutely mad, and which would destroy all the human beings and the economies and so on, and this man was called Milton Friedman. Mart Laar
The almighty dollar, that great object of universal devotion throughout our land, seems to have no genuine devotees in these peculiar villages; and unless some of its missionaries penetrate there, and erect banking houses and other pious shrines, there is no knowing how long the inhabitants may remain in their present state of contented poverty. Washington Irving
Reformers will better rectify any inadequacies they detect in the market by reaping the profits available from that inadequacy than by denouncing the very system which makes meaningful reform possible. Jim Cox
The monopoly problem mankind has to face today is not an outgrowth of the operation of the market economy. It is a product of purposive action on the part of governments. It is not one of the evils inherent in capitalism as the demagogues trumpet. . Ludwig von Mises
Capitalism is not simply mass production, but mass production to satisfy the needs of the masses. Ludwig von Mises
In the capitalist society there is a place and bread for all. Its ability to expand provides sustenance for every worker. Permanent unemployment is not a feature of free capitalism. Ludwig von Mises
The issue is always the same: the government or the market. There is no third solution. Ludwig von Mises
Those underlings who in all the preceding ages of history had formed the herds of slaves and serfs, of paupers and beggars, became the buying public, for whose favor the businessmen canvass. They are the customers who are “always right,” the patrons who have the power to make poor suppliers rich and rich suppliers poor. Ludwig von Mises
Again and again, the early historians of capitalism have—one can hardly use a milder word—falsified history. Ludwig von Mises
If history could prove and teach us anything, it would be that private ownership of the means of production is a necessary requisite of civilization and material well-being. . . . Only nations committed to the principle of private property have risen above penury and produced science, art and literature. Ludwig von Mises
Capitalism and democracy are intertwined into our way of life so intricately that serious problems with the economy (again, particularly as they affect the typical family) represent a threat to almost everything we believe in. Rich Turner
Western fundamentalism: By this term I mean the elevation of Western modernity above all other ways of knowing and being and it includes adherence to capitalism, individualism, patriarchy, scientific rationalism, ‘Christian’ morality, commodification of the environment, private property and a belief in progress. Valerie Morse
if you hope at this juncture to cut the Gordian knots of socialism and communism by appealing to the center of Western capitalism, you will, far from remedying any of the ills of your society, commit a mistake which those to come will have to erase. For if Marxism has come to a deadlock in its social and economic policies, capitalism has also bogged down. Ruhollah Khomeini
As long as a man sees in our present society only a few inevitable abuses and recognizes no sin and evil deep-seated in the very constitution of the present order, he is still in a state of moral blindness… Christians should see through the fictions of capitalism. Walter Rauschenbusch
Progressivism has time and again added the corrective that has enabled capitalism to survive. Robert Reich
It must be recognized that businessmen have not been trained or equipped to conduct guerilla warfare with those who propagandize against the system. Lewis F. Powell Jr.
When you are young and impecunious, society conditions you to exchange time for money, and this is quite as it should be. Very few people are hurt by having to work for a living. But as you become more affluent, it somehow is very, very difficult to reverse that process and begin trading money for time. William Rehnquist
The way to hell is capitalism, neo liberalism and globalization. Hugo Chavez
When great wealth collects the way it has in the last two decades, it develops an arrogance…. You see it in the development of a survival of the fittest philosophy, one that says markets are more important than democracy. Kevin Phillips
Most companies in a capitalistic system compete mightily to obtain monopolistic positions so they can avoid capitalistic competition thereafter. Whenever a business person must compete for price, he tends to describe that derisively as a “commodity business” and tries to remedy the situation. Lewis D. Eigen
Huge inequality gaps in a democratic society will tend to erode the respect for and security of doctrines of private property. The large majority must either own property or have reasonable prospects of attaining property if they are to support and maintain private property laws and traditions. Lewis D. Eigen
Why is it not newsworthy when an elderly homeless person dies in the street when it is newsworthy when the Stock Market loses 2 points? Pope Francis I
Behind every great fortune there is a crime. Honore de Balzac
When private property ceases to make free men, its only spiritual justification goes. Democracy and the widespread distribution of private property go together. Dorothy Thompson
… employers use newcomers [illegal immigrants] to drive down wages because they are … in the shadows. Richard Trumka
At the present moment in world history, nearly every nation must choose between alternative ways of life. Harry S Truman
For most of history, the prime source of human insecurity was nature. Capitalist societies have been oriented toward innovation and dynamism, to the creation of new knowledge, new products, and new modes of production and distribution. All this has shifted the locus of insecurity from nature to the economy. Jerry Z. Muller
Capitalism’s intrinsic dynamism, however, produces insecurity along with benefits and so its advance has always met resistance…. It was only the creation of the modern welfare state in the middle of the 20th century that finally enabled capitalism and democracy to coexist in relative harmony. Jerry Z. Muller
Contemporary capitalist polities need to accept that inequality and insecurity will continue to be the inevitable results of market operations and find ways to shield citizens from their consequences—while somehow still preserving the dynamism that produces capitalism’s vast economic and cultural benefits in the first place. Jerry Z. Muller
Inequality is an inevitable product of capitalist activity, and expanding equality of opportunity only increases it—because some individuals and communities are simply better able than others to exploit the opportunities for development and advancement that capitalism affords. Jerry Z. Muller
When watching after yourself, you watch after others. When watching after others, you watch after yourself. Buddha
The key to democracy has been the free market economy. Michael Mandelbaum
This country is very good at creating wealth, but not very good at distributing it. Lloyd Blankfein
Often in capitalism, when you hit bottom, you have some perverse advantages—low cost and people really desiring a turnaround—to do whatever it takes. David Brooks
Capitalism is not healthy for children and other living things. Anonymous
The fact that policies often fail for no good reason is annoying but less depressing than the view that it is a big conspiracy against the poor… Name your favorite enemy… capitalism, corruption … Our view is easier. You think hard about the problems and you can solve them. Esther Duflo
The democratic political institutions of Western countries arose and matured as industrial capitalism matured. It was a time of historically unprecedented economic growth and the concomitant development of new social groupings and relationships. They arose in elite political cultures that were in the main ethnically homogeneous, even if, notably in the American case, the society at large was considerably less so. Vladislav Inozemtsev
A reform in the relations of the employer and employed, by which shall be secured the practice of the great natural law, of one-third of time to labour, one-third to recreation, and one-third to rest, that by this, intellectual improvement and physical development may go on to that perfection which the Almighty Creator designed. Victoria Woodhull
There is and always has been in an advanced stage of wealth and civilization, a conflict between labor and capital. John C. Calhoun
Social injustice still needs to be denounced and fought. [In the post-communist era.] Eric Hobsbawm
All over the world, wherever there are capitalists, freedom of the press means freedom to buy up newspapers, to buy writers, to bribe, buy and fake “public opinion” for the benefit of the bourgeoisie. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
The moral spectacle of capitalism still offends, as does American capitalism's implacable insistence that the market determine value even in the political, intellectual, and artistic spheres. William Pfaff
Political economy came into being as a natural result of the expansion of trade, and with its appearance elementary, unscientific huckstering was replaced by a developed system of licensed fraud, an entire science of enrichment. Friedrich Engels
The proletariat is that class in society which lives entirely from the sale of its labor and does not draw profit from any kind of capital; whose weal and woe, whose life and death, whose sole existence depends on the demand for labor – hence, on the changing state of business, on the vagaries of unbridled competition. Friedrich Engels
As opposed to this two-stage transformation-slave to feudal and feudal to capitalist-in Europe, India remained tied to the same old order under which the overwhelming majority of the people belonged to the oppressed and backward castes. E. M. S. Namboodiripad
Stealing from capitalism is not like stealing out of our own pockets. Marx and Lenin have taught us that anything is ethical, so long as it is in the interest of the proletarian class and its world revolution. Nicolae Ceausescu
A true socialist never hates people. He knows, that they are products of the great economical laws, which in the present society divides man into two nations of poor and rich… We socialists never hate specific individuals. But we hate the system - capitalism, militarism, reaction – and that system we scorn with a healthy, burning, eternal hatred. Ture Nerman
Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth — the soil and the laborer. Karl Marx
One capitalist always kills many. Karl Marx
If you're born in capitalist America, racist America, fascist America, then you're born in sin. But if you're born in socialism, you're not born in sin. Jim Jones
Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Our object is wholly new in the world. It is singular: it is grown up to this magnitude and importance within the memory of man; nothing in history is parallel to it… In this new system, a principle of commerce, of artificial commerce, must prevail. Edmund Burke
The Western capitalist system is sunk to its neck in human problems. Despite the copious wealth that it has at its disposal, it is completely incapable of establishing social justice. Ali Khamenei
Capitalism with airbags—the type of capitalism I am a fan of. Mark Blyth
Capitalism, even 150 years ago, was more inclusive; there was more of a sense of social responsibility…. Today the system doesn’t seem to be as fair or inclusive. It doesn’t seem to be helping broader society. Dominic Barton
We should not work to destroy the capitalist system of production without establishing at the same time a socialist organization that can produce goods at least as efficiently. Otto Bauer
A highly efficient and profitable capitalist system would make possible a welfare state, redistribution of income and greater social opportunities for all.. Donald Sassoon
Present day American capitalism—for all our misgivings about it—at least leaves room for free institutions to flower and survive. Socialist Commentary
For the working class of the world the choice is simple, either to take the organized political action necessary to introduce Socialism or to continue with capitalism. The one thing that cannot be had is to impose on the capitalist jungle some socially acceptable and satisfying wages policy. Socialist Party of Great Britain
The pendulum of capitalism has swung way too far to only trying to maximize the profit of shareholders rather than many of the traditional other virtues and accomplishments of a company. Henry Blodget
We need companies to create jobs. Francois Hollande
Gaullism. Like fascism before it, reinforces all the privileges of capitalism and disarms the working class … Moreover, De Gaulle develops a national demagoguery typical of all forms of fascism Roger Garaudy
Now for the first time … we had… reached the situation where a newly-elected Government with a mandate from the people was being told, not so much by the Governor of the Bank of England, but by the international speculators that the policies on which we fought the election could not be implemented, that the Government was to be forced into the adoption of Tory policies to which it was fundamentally opposed. He had to admit that was what his argument meant, because of the sheer compulsion of the economic dictation of those who exercised decisive economic power. Harold Wilson
Every socialist recognizes the dependence of the workingman on the capitalist. August Bebel
Under capitalism the female half of the human race is doubly oppressed … firstly because the law does not give them equality with men; and secondly—and this is the main thing—they remain in ‘household bondage’; they continue to be ‘household slaves’, for they are overburdened with the drudgery if the most squalid, backbreaking and stultifying toil in the kitchen in the family household. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
What Capital wants … is what this Socialist Government does. Georges Marchais
When capitalism changes, so must socialism. Donald Sassoon
We socialists live to some extent in symbiosis with capitalism. Olof Palme
The labor movement was a reaction to capitalism. Olof Palme
Controlling capitalism has proved far more difficult than controlling anything else, because capitalism is based on the control of the many by the few—the reverse of the conventional definition of political democracy. Donald Sassoon
Modern capitalism has no purpose except to keep the show going. Joan Violet Robinson
The capitalist free market is a marvelous servant but a disastrous master. In one of the greatest achievements of the second half of this [the 20th] century, a few favored societies learned to convert it from master to servant. The danger now is that a smug and vainglorious capitalism will not remember the lesson. David Marquand
Am I allowed to suggest that we owe much to these stubborn and sectarian people, those indefatigable strikers who take over our factories and bring disorder to our streets, these obstinate creatures who ceaselessly fought for reforms while fantasizing of the Revolution, these Marxists who, marching against the current of History, disturbed the complacent sleep of capitalism? … Communism is dead. Let us rejoice. Jean-Denis Bredin
… governments must serve capitalism by establishing and maintain a framework which enables capitalism to develop. It can induce it to grow, but cannot command it to do so. Donald Sassoon
Capital has never been circumcised by state boundaries …. The welfare of … electorates depends on capitalism. The reverse is not always the case. Capital can relocate elsewhere; electorates cannot. Donald Sassoon
… conservatives are ideologically committed to capitalism, and do not object to being guided by market signals, while socialists have had to accept, often unwittingly, that capitalist prosperity is an indispensable condition for social welfare and working-class well-being. Donald Sassoon
Minicars – Mini Profits Henry Ford II
Mexico has very solid financial institutions, with good levels of capitalism, but they’re not lending much. Enrique Pena Nieto
The United States believes that the greatest contribution we can make to world prosperity is the continued advocacy of the magic of the market place. Ronald Reagan
We denounce the mercenary system of foreign policy under recent administrations in the interest of financial imperialists, oil monopolists, and international bankers, which has at times degraded our State Department from its high service as a strong and kindly intermediary of defenseless governments to a trading outpost of those interest and concession seekers engaged in the exploitation of weaker nations, as contrary to the will of the American people, destructive of domestic development and provocative of war. Progressive Party
Under the old social regime, social position had been absolute: born a peasant, died a peasant; born a chieftain, died a chieftain. In the new world, everything was relative. The only real measure of a man’s worth was money — and the accumulation of money has no intrinsic limits. Felix Martin
Why respect the rules of the system … if the system consistently generates crises? Felix Martin
The true Indian sets no price upon either his property or his labor. His generosity is limited only by his strength and ability. He regards it as an honor to be selected for difficult or dangerous service and would think it shameful to ask for any reward, saying rather: ‘Let the person I serve express his thanks according to his own bringing up and his sense of honor’. Charles Eastman
We need new laws to rein in the forces of greed and to curb those ingenious legal advisors of the holders of vast corporate wealth. Theodore Roosevelt
I am not in Wall Street for my health. J. Pierpont Morgan
In America, we debate everything except capitalism. If there is an institution in your society that is above criticism, you’re giving it a free pass. Richard D. Wolff
… there is inherent in the dynamics of capitalism a natural and destabilizing tendency toward inequality of income, wealth and opportunity Stephen Pearlstein
The clash of communism and capitalism sterilized rather than stimulated research on capital and inequality by historians, economists, and even philosophers. Thomas Piketty
I dislike Communism because it is undemocratic, and capitalism because it favors exploitation. Bertrand Russell
Human beings are not efficiently designed for a capitalist system of production. Eric Hobsbawm
In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together. Hunter S. Thompson
I started out by viewing the marketplace as a cruel place, where you need intervention by government and lawyers to protect people. But after watching the regulators work, I have come to believe that markets are magical and the best protectors of the consumer. It is my job to explain the beauties of the free market. John Stossel
Socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor. Charles Abrams
Socialism has not struck root very deeply in the United States, the very heart of the capitalist world, and that the workers there have not yet succeeded in organizing an independent political party on the English model. Emile Vandervelde
Social reformers who wish to improve capitalism in order to more easily to preserve it oppose … this formidable diffusion of Marx's thought among the masses. Emile Vandervelde
American investors [abroad] receive an interest return higher by at least 2 percent on the average than they would receive from similar government or industrial investment within the United States …. It is obvious that they are taking a correspondingly greater risk. A considerable portion of this investment is in areas (as in parts of Latin-America) where political unrest is chronic and where legislation changes rapidly, or in areas in which there is a serious possibility of war or bankruptcy. Herbert Feis
Modern views show that capitalistic income is not an exploitation, but that in the profits, taken as a whole, a part of the value that has been created is really due to the land or the capital. Albert Abram Aftalion
Suppose another war on a huge scale is threatened, how can it be averted by recognizing and patching up treaties with a Power which makes not the least secret--and the frankness of the actual Soviet leaders we must admit--of its desire and intention to smash our whole system of civilization, including Christianity. George A. B. Dewar
The “natural laws of economics” are in fact tools in the hands of the avaricious and the greedy for keeping down and oppressing the laboring classes. Richard T. Ely
We meet in the midst of a nation brought to the verge of moral, political, and material ruin. The fruits of the toil of millions are boldly stolen to build up colossal fortunes for a few, unprecedented in the history of mankind. Populist Party
We deny your internationalism, because it is a luxury which only upper classes can afford; the working people are hopelessly bound to their native shores. Benito Mussolini
Father of Japanese Capitalism Anonymous
Communism is inequality, but not as property is. Property is the exploitation of the weak by the strong. Communism is the exploitation of the strong by the weak Pierre Joseph Proudhon
Despite the miracles of capitalism, it doesn't do well in popularity polls. One of the reasons is that capitalism is always evaluated against the non-existent, non-realizable utopias of socialism or communism. Any earthly system, when compared to a Utopia will pale in comparison. But for the ordinary person, capitalism, with all of its warts, is superior to any system yet devised to deal with our everyday needs and desires. Walter E. Williams
To one American family out of four, the idea of capitalism as a benign system of comfort, dignity, and personal advance is only a myth, or worse, a bitter mockery. Robert Heilbroner
In a capitalist democracy there are essentially two methods by which social choices can be made: voting, typically used to make ‘political’ decisions, and the market mechanism, typically used to make ‘economic’ decisions. Kenneth Joseph Arrow
No country whatsoever, big or small, can build socialism by taking credits and aid from the bourgeoisie and the revisionists or by integrating its economy into the world system of capitalist economies. Any such linking of the economy of a socialist country with the economy of bourgeois or revisionist countries opens the doors to the actions of the economic laws of capitalism and the degeneration of the socialist order. This is the road of betrayal and the restoration of capitalism, which the revisionist cliques have pursued and are pursuing. Enver Hoxha
The Republican and Democratic parties are alike capitalist parties — differing only in being committed to different sets of capitalist interests. Eugene V. Debs
The capitalist distribution network, a complex chain of factory, transport, warehouse and retail outlet, is one of the greatest male accomplishments in the history of culture. Camille Paglia
Free competition is worth more to society than it costs. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
I will take the best from each system and introduce it in Russia.. Boris Yeltsin
No man can make a million dollars honestly. William Jennings Bryan
I will put rings in the noses of these hogs. William Jennings Bryan
We must expect for a long time yet to see capitalists still striving to obtain the highest possible profits. But observe, that the passion for wealth is certainly in some senses new. It grew up very rapidly at the beginning of the present century; it was not so strong in the last century, when men were much more content to lead a quiet easy life of leisure. The change has really influenced the relations between men; but in the future it is quite possible that the scramble for wealth may grow less intense, and a change in the opposite direction take place. Arnold J. Toynbee
Competition, or the unimpeded pressure of individual on individual, has been from the beginning a great force in societies ; but of old it was hindered and controlled by custom ; in the future, like the other great physical forces of society, it will be controlled by morality. Arnold J. Toynbee
Once American land, African labor, and European capital were bonded together on the cotton plantation, a new source of cotton could finally outmuscle the peasant household on the Indian Subcontinent. Jeremy Adelman
Every time you go for more competition, some people don’t like it, but that’s the way it is. We believe it is better for the people. Enrique Pena Nieto
The path to democratic capitalism ended the previous world order of empires.. Meena Bose
30 years after China embarked on its fitful embrace of the free market, it has no single unifying doctrine—no ‘central melody’—and there is nothing predestined about what kind of country it is becoming. Evan Osnos
The Federal guild system ... was crony capitalism before there was capitalism. George Will
The fact is prosperity has a purpose. It’s to allow us to pursue "the better angels," to give us time to think and grow. George W. Bush
We have not done those things that are necessary to lower emissions because those things conflict with deregulated capitalism. We are stuck, because those things that would give us the best chance of averting catastrophe … are extremely threatening to an elite minority that has a strangle-hold over our economy, our political process, and most of our major media outlets. Naomi Klein
The Republicans believe that the wagon train will not make it to the frontier unless some of the old and some of the young, and some of the weak are left behind by the side of the trail. Mario Cuomo
… the brilliance of Coca-Cola capitalism:. By not owning its many distributors and by relying on native intermediaries in foreign nations, Coke could claim that it was a critical component of the local economy. . . . Once embedded in host communities, Coca-Cola became very difficult to dislodge, even in places where it caused serious environmental problems, because killing Coke meant killing jobs. In impoverished communities, . . . the argument of dollars and cents won the day. Bartow J. Elmore
Those who make money off of money get a better deal in the Tax Code than those who make money from hard work. Chris Van Holland
A boycott is the most peaceful and passive kind of protest there is and can be. We do not say we hate you or even say that you are wrong. We just say that we don’t want to ride your bus. Stokely Carmichael; Kwame
There is a serious tendency towards capitalism among the well-to-do peasants. Mao Zedong
The socialist system will eventually replace the capitalist system …. However much the reactionaries try to hold back the wheel of history, sooner or later revolution will take place and will inevitably triumph. Mao Zedong
The prospect of a nuclear war is not a bad thing because defeating capitalism would be worth losing up to two-thirds of the world’s population. Mao Zedong
I believe our economic life based on a profit motive is the most effective economy known to assure the well being of all. Harry Hopkins
The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. Pat Robertson
Our system of market capitalism wasn't handed down, in perfect form, on stone tablets. We wrote the rules. We broke them. And we can fix them. Rana Foroohar
Creating a culture of entrepreneurship is particularly critical for Tunisia's success. Rached Ghannouchi
When democracy creates wealth on a broad scale there is no tension between it and capitalism. But when that is not the case, the value of democracy becomes less clear to some. There are tremendous tensions between democratic national sovereignty, open global markets and mass migration. Roger Cohen
The social and moral issues are all on the side of free trade. And it is you, and people like you, who introduce protection who are the ones who are violating fundamental moral and social issues. Tell me, what trade union represents the workers who are displaced because high tariffs reduce exports from this country, because high tariffs make steel and other goods more expensive, and as a result, those industries that use steel have to charge higher prices, they have fewer employees, the export industries that would grow up to balance the imports, tell me what union represents them? What moral and ethical view do you have about their interests? Milton Friedman
The old ideas won’t do. Zhao Ziyang
China’s rulers wanted row country to get rich, but not at the cost of control. Julian Baird Gerwitz
China became an economic power with few equals. By 2010 China gad overtaken Japan as the world’s second largest economy in terms of GDP, China’s transformation consistently drew one ideas beyond it shores. Julian Baird Gerwitz
Over time, economic benefits are accrued to the stronger, shrewder people in society, and if unrestrained by government, conditions would lead to economic autocracy and political despotism. Henry A. Wallace
I would not want it to be thought that any system is the Kingdom of God on Earth. Capitalism isn’t. Democracy isn’t. The two combined are not. The best that can be said for them (and it is quite enough) is that, in combination, capitalism, democracy, and pluralism are more protective of the rights, opportunities, and conscience of ordinary citizens (all citizens) than any known alternative. Michael Novak
Against our economic and financial system the following indictment may fairly be brought: I. Although it has achieved colossal and adequate productivity — sufficient to provide plenty for everybody — it yet has developed no adequate system of Distribution commensurate with production and is therefore unable to overcome Poverty. II. Having no control over an equable distribution of essential labor it is unable to prevent ruinous visitations of Involuntary Unemployment. III. Being unable to control — or even to understand — the strange workings of its own Money system, it is unable to prevent recurring attacks of Panic and De It must put a limit upon the present tyrannous sway of banks and of our unmanageable and unintelligible money system which now holds the prosperity and even the livelihoods of the people at its mercy. IV. It is powerless to prevent enormous Wastes of natural resources, labor and material. V. It has destroyed the old, natural relation between a man and his work whereby — as in the pioneer era — a man's success and his living arise out of his own efforts and do not depend upon banks, or money or upon somebody else's "purchasing power". VI. It has shown itself unable to cope with a situa- tion in which by the invention of New Machinery, more and more can be produced while fewer and fewer workers are needed to accomplish it so that output comes to occur in inverse ratio to employment. Prestonia Mann Martin
The American people are complaining of a pitiful lack of leadership. No one offers any program which promises even a return of former good times, much less any that satisfies the people's legitimate demand for a new kind of prosperity, a stabilized prosperity — steady, trustworthy and sound. Prestonia Mann Martin
We cannot utilize our plenty because we have established a system under which it cannot be utilized unless it can be sold. Prestonia Mann Martin
All of the nation's young people of both sexes, between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six, as a continuation of their public school education, shall be industrially organized to produce, under scientific direction, a sufficiency of the necessary goods and services to constitute a decent livelihood and to distribute these goods and services without buying or selling them, to the entire population. Continuation of their public school education, shall be industrially organized to produce, under scientific direction, a sufficiency of the necessities. Prestonia Mann Martin
A free enterprise system that is not underlaid with values is bankrupt. Michael Novak
Clearly the tenets of capitalism are deeply and fundamentally misunderstood… At the same time that young people are rejecting capitalism and free markets, they celebrate entrepreneurs and free enterprise. This disconnect is at best confusing; at worst it’s troubling. Warren Stephens
The appropriate role of government is to provide the framework that allows capital to flow freely, in accord with the law of supply and demand. That is how jobs, businesses and wealth are created. The government would have no money to distribute or spend without the tax revenue generated from the jobs and businesses that are the fruit of our capitalist system. Warren Stephens
Many of the most privilege-conscious see capitalism as an evil economic regime and think of freedom only as a propaganda term thrown about by neoconservatives. To them, capitalism is the bogeyman hiding behind all of our societal ills, and freedom is an ideal used purely to justify global abuse. If someone lives in a country graced by low levels of poverty, legitimate democratic elections, and a press that publicizes the plight of the governed, yet they wish to abolish markets and live in something more akin to a Communist state, they should check their privilege. Tristan Flock
In 10 years, ... you're going to see the most valuable economy in the world -- the largest economy in the world -- is going to be a country run by communists. The Chinese seem to be very good at capitalism. And this is going to have fundamental problems and present an identity crisis for the United States. Because for a long time, free markets coincided with liberties such as free speech, free press, free religion. And all of a sudden, this equation is going to be decoupled. And when it gets decoupled, we might find that democracy, the multitude of voices, actually impedes capitalism because a state that does not have any pretense of limited government can very quickly mandate a regulatory framework for drones, for electric cars, for self-driving cars, for any new innovation where they feel that they can leapfrog Western societies. And this is a very unique thing in the American experience. And this is why it's very important to think of American capitalism as an operating system and not as an ideology. Because when you think about it as an ideology, you can have good politics make for very, very bad policy. That market outcomes and democratic voices and battles for votes can end up stifling progress. Bhu Srinivasan III
Capitalism should not be thought of as an ideology, but instead should be thought of as an operating system. Think of your iPhone. Your iPhone merges hardware with software. Apps and hardware. Now think about all the hardware as the physical reality all around you, and think of the apps as entrepreneurial activity, creative energy. And in-between, you have an operating system. As you have advances in hardware, you have advances in software. And the operating system needs to keep up. It needs to be patched, it needs to be updated, new releases have to happen. And all of these things have to happen symbiotically. The operating system needs to keep getting more and more advanced to keep up with innovation. Bhu Srinivasan III