Class conflict is both the friction that accompanies social relationships between members or groups of different social classes and the underlying tensions or antagonisms which exist in society due to conflicting interests that arise from different social positions.
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- There’s class warfare, all right. But it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.
- Warren Buffet, New York Times Magazine (November 2006)
- Don't forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor.
- The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life. Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth.
- Preamble to the Constitution of the Industrial Workers of the World
- Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.
- Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington, 1787.