„The diverse natures of men, combined with the necessity to satisfy in some manner the sentiment which desires them to be equal, has had the result that in the democracies they have endeavored to provide the appearance of power in the people and the reality of power in an elite.“

—  Vilfredo Pareto, page 97.
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—  Alan Moore English writer primarily known for his work in comic books 1953
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—  Mao Zedong Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China 1893 - 1976
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—  Murray N. Rothbard American economist of the Austrian School, libertarian political theorist, and historian 1926 - 1995
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