There is only one way to encourage morality, and that is to re-establish religion. Society cannot exist without some being richer than others, and this inequality cannot exist without religion. When one man is dying of hunger next door to another who is stuffing himself with food, the poor man simply cannot accept the disparity unless some authority tells him, ‘God wishes it so, in heaven things will be different.’
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
Don’t forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor.
John Dickenson, 1776
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
When the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich.
Attributed to Jean-Jacques Rousseau as being from a “Speech at the commune on the 14th of October”
An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.