Quote of the Day 9-25-13 (Leo Tolstoy)

Posted: September 25, 2013 in Economics, Politics, Quotations
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“[A]ll the prerogatives of the rich, all their luxury, all that superfluity which the rich enjoy above the average laborer, all that is acquired and supported only by torture, incarcerations, and executions. . . . [T]he men who enjoy prerogatives which are the result of old violence frequently forget how these prerogatives were obtained. We need, however, only think of history, not the history of the successes of various dynasties or rulers, but real history, the history of the oppression of the majority by  small minority, to see that the bases of all the prerogatives of the rich over the poor have originated from nothing but whips, prisons, hard labor, and murder.”

–Leo Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God is within You

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Quoted in The Heretic’s Handbook of Quotations. Graphic originally from The Match!

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