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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. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other rights.

Author: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Profession: Sixteenth President of the USA

These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.

Author: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Profession: Sixteenth President of the USA

It is impossible for capitalism to survive, primarily because the system of capitalism needs some blood to suck. Capitalism used to be like an eagle, but now it's more like a vulture. It used to be strong enough to go and suck anybody's blood whether they were strong or not. But now it has become more cowardly, like the vulture, and it can only suck the blood of the helpless. As the nations of the world free themselves, the capitalism has less victims, less to suck, and it becomes weaker and weaker. It's only a matter of time in my opinion before it will collapse completely.

Author: Malcolm X (1925-1965)

Profession: American Black Leader, Activist

Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.

Author: Karl Marx (1818-1883)

Profession: German Political Theorist, Social Philosopher

Capital is money, capital is commodities. By virtue of it being value, it has acquired the occult ability to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or, at the least, lays golden eggs.

Author: Karl Marx (1818-1883)

Profession: German Political Theorist, Social Philosopher

Capitalism is an art form, an Apollonian fabrication to rival nature. It is hypocritical for feminists and intellectuals to enjoy the pleasures and conveniences of capitalism while sneering at it. Everyone born into capitalism has incurred a debt to it. Give Caesar his due.

Author: Camille Paglia (1947)

Profession: American Author, Critic, Educator

Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.

Author: Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Profession: British Philosopher, Mathematician, Essayist

Capitalism inevitably and by virtue of the very logic of its civilization creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest.

Author: Joseph A. Schumpeter (1883-1950)

Profession: Austrian-American Economist

The evolution of the capitalist style of life could be easily -- and perhaps most tellingly -- described in terms of the genesis of the modern Lounge Suit.

Author: Joseph A. Schumpeter (1883-1950)

Profession: Austrian-American Economist

The far right seeks to retain the material progress of American capitalism while removing some of its crucial causes and consequences -- as though a bridge could be made to change part of its function by blowing up part of its supports and part of its exit.

Author: Ronald Segal

Profession:

The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty -- of the indefinite expansion of possibility.

Author: Susan Sontag (1933)

Profession: American Essayist

The first rule of venture capitalism should be Shoot the Inventor.

Author: Sir Richard Storey

Profession:

Labor in this country is independent and proud. It has not to ask the patronage of capital, but capital solicits the aid of labor.

Author: Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

Profession: American Lawyer, Statesman

What breaks capitalism, all that will ever break capitalism, is capitalists. The faster they run the more strain on their heart.

Author: Raymond Williams (1921-1988)

Profession: British Social Historian, Critic, Novelist