middle class

Social change rarely comes through the efforts of the disenfranchised. The middle class creates social revolutions.

Democracies are safer and more permanent than oligarchies, because they have a middle class which is more numerous and has a greater share in the government; for when there is no middle class, and the poor greatly exceed in number, troubles arise, and the state soon comes to an end.

Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future.

But it is not enough to destroy. We must also know how to build, and it is owing to not having thought about it that the masses have always been led astray in all their revolutions. After having demolished they abandoned the care of reconstruction to the middle class people, who possessed a more or less precise conception of what they wished to realize, and who consequently reconstituted authority to their own advantage.

It is extremism when corporations corrupt our government, buy and rent our politicians, block our access to the courts, dominates our executive branch agencies, appropriate middle class tax dollars in the form of corporate welfare, subsidies, handouts, bailouts. That's extremism. It's not extremism to have a Green political party movement that wants to put an end to this.

One-third of the people in the United States promote, while the other two-thirds provide.

I think [the invasion of Iraq] was unquestionably worth doing, Charlie. I think that, looking back, I now certainly feel I understand more what the war was about... We needed to go over there basically, and take out a very big stick, right in the heart of that world, and burst that bubble… And what they needed to see was American boys and girls going from house to house, from Basra to Baghdad, and basically saying: which part of this sentence do you understand?

Fonda was neither wrong nor unconscionable in what she said and did in North Vietnam.

I believe that the evidence for immortality is no better than the evidence of witches, and deserves no more respect.