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    Thus no member of the commonwealth can have a hereditary privilege as against his fellow-subjects; and no-one can hand down to his descendants the privileges attached to the rank he occupies in the commonwealth, nor act as if he were qualified as a ruler by birth and forcibly prevent others from reach­ing the higher levels of the hierarchy through their own merit. He may hand down everything else, so long as it is material and not pertaining to his person, for it may be acquired and disposed of as property and may over a series of generations create considerable inequalities in wealth among the mem­bers of the commonwealt. But he may not prevent his sub­ordinates from raising themselves to his own level if they are able and entitled to do so by their talent, industry and good fortune. If this were not so, he would be allowed to practise coercion without himself being subject to coercive counter-measures from others, and would thus be more than their fellow-subject.

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Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself

Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself

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That most delicious of all privileges - spending other people's money

That most delicious of all privileges - spending other people's money

by John Randolph Found in: Privilege Quotes,
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There, right in the midst of our lives, is that which satisfies the craving for inequality, and acts as a read more

There, right in the midst of our lives, is that which satisfies the craving for inequality, and acts as a permanent reminder that medicine is not food. Hence a man’s reaction to monarchy is a kind of test. Monarchy can easily be ‘debunked;' but watch the faces, mark the accents of the debunkers. These are the men whose tap-root in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour of the polyphony, the dance, can reach - men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire equality, they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires, athletes or film-stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.

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Privilege is the greatest enemy of right

Privilege is the greatest enemy of right

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When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, read more

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

by Marcus Aurelius Found in: Privilege Quotes,
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Television is the literature of the illiterate, the culture of the low-brow, the wealth of the poor, the privilege of read more

Television is the literature of the illiterate, the culture of the low-brow, the wealth of the poor, the privilege of the underprivileged, the exclusive club of the excluded masses

by Lee Loevinger Found in: Privilege Quotes,
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The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.

The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.

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