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, in New York Times Magazine (November 2006)
- Your Honor, years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind then that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; and while there is a criminal element, I am of it; and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.
- 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.
- If there is any law governing the distribution of income between classes, it still remains to be discovered.
- Joan Robinson, in An Essay on Marxian Economics (1966), Chapter IV, The Long-Period Theory Of Employment, p. 34
- Those who claim that Marx invented the ides of the class struggle should read not only his English socialist forerunners, but also a man like Burke.
- Eric Roll, Baron Roll of Ipsden, A History of Economic Thought (1939), Chapter V, Reaction And Revolution, p. 243
- Don't forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor.
- I was aggressively nonpolitical. I believed that people who make a fuss about politics do so because their heads are too empty to think about more important things. So I felt nothing but impatient contempt for Osborne's Jimmy Porter and the rest of the heroes of social protest.
- Colin Wilson in Postscript to the Outsider, p. 2 (1967)