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I don’t hang around with aristocrats. Romanzo Criminale s1e6 starring Francesco Montanari & Vinicio Marchioni & Alessandro Roja & Marco Bocci & Daniela Virgilio & Andrea Sartoretti et al, Libanese’s prison interview, Sky Cinema 1 2008
Aristocracy has a tendency to degenerate the human species. Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man, 1791
The greatest characters the world has known, have rose on the democratic floor. Aristocracy has not been able to keep a proportionate pace with democracy. ibid.
I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. Thomas Jefferson
There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents. Thomas Jefferson
Aristocracy is always cruel. Wendell Phillips
An aristocracy is the true support of the monarchy. Napoleon Bonaparte
It is a matter of great interest what sovereigns are doing; but as to what Grand Duchesses are doing – who cares? Napoleon Bonaparte
Nobles ran their territories like Mafia bosses. The Strange Case of the Law II: The Story of English Justice: The Pursuit of Liberty BBC 2012
They could intimidate juries and bribe judges. ibid.
A fully equipped duke costs as much to keep up as two Dreadnoughts; and dukes are just as great a terror and they last longer. David Lloyd George
I have heard a rumour – that I will soon be addressing my daughter as Her Grace the Duchess of Devonshire. The Duchess 2008 starring Keira Knightley & Ralph Fiennes & Hayley Atwell & Charlotte Rampling & Dominic Cooper & Aidan McArdle & Simon McBurney & Sebastian Applewhite & Calvin Dean & Emily Jewell & Bruce Mackinnon et al, director Saul Dibb, mother to daughter
Thus the aristocracy took their revenge by singing lampoons on their new master, and whispering in his ears sinister prophecies of coming catastrophe.
In this way arose feudal Socialism; half lamentation, half lampoon; half echo of the past, half menace of the future, at times by its bitter, witty and incisive criticism, striking the bourgeoisie to the very heart's core, but always ludicrous in its effects, through total incapacity to comprehend the march of modern history. Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto
1953: there were then twenty-eight non-royal dukes. The Last Dukes, BBC 2015
After the American revolution, rebellious and independent farmers had to be taught by force that the ideals expressed in the pamphlets of 1776 were not to be taken seriously. The common people were not to be represented by countrymen like themselves, that know the people’s sores, but by gentry, merchants, lawyers, and others who hold or serve private power. Jefferson and Madison believed that power should be in the hands of the ‘natural aristocracy’. Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy