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The human race cannot forever exist half-exploiters and half-exploited.

HENRY FORD, My Life and Work

The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it.

BERTOLT BRECHT, The Threepenny Opera

In proportion as the exploitation of one individual by another is put an end to, the exploitation of one nation by another will also be put an end to. In proportion as the antagonism between classes within the nation vanishes, the hostility of one nation to another will come to an end.

KARL MARX, The Communist Manifesto

Everyone knows that where there is something that is capable of giving profit, then exploited it will be.


Innocence is thought charming because it offers delightful possibilities for exploitation.

MASON COOLEY, City Aphorisms

In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People.

EUGENE VICTOR DEBS, anti-war speech, Jun. 16, 1918

Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual exploitation, a mental or physical barter, to be terminated when one or both parties run out of goods.

W. H. AUDEN, W. H. Auden: In Solitude for Company

No one is exploited economically as thoroughly as you and I, because in most countries where people are exploited they know it. You and I are in this country being exploited and sometimes we don't know it.

MALCOLM X, speech at founding rally of the Organization of Afro-American Unity, Jun. 28, 1964

The bourgeoisie, wherever it has gotten the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations. It has pitilessly torn asunder the motley feudal ties that bound man to his "natural superiors," and has left no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, that callous "cash payment." It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervor, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of Philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation. It has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the numberless indefeasible chartered freedom--Free Trade. In one word, for exploitation veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted naked, shameless, direct, brutal exploitation.

KARL MARX, Communist Manifesto


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