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Do you realise sufficiently what it means to rule – to rule in a secret society? Not only over the lesser or more important of the populus, but over the best of men, over men of all ranks, nations and religions. Adam Weishaupt
White people love playing divide and rule. Diane Abbott MP, January 2012
We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. Ayn Rand
We were meant to rule together. Game of Thrones s1e1: Winter is Coming, starring Sean Bean & Mark Addy & Nikolai Coster Waldau & Michelle Fairley & Lena Headey & Emilia Clarke & Iain Glen & Harry Lloyd et al, director Tim van Patten, King to Bean, HBO 2011
We who presume to rule must sometimes do vile things for the good of the realm. Game of Thrones s1e5: The Wolf and the Lion, Varys
You’ll rule now; you’ll hate it more worse than I did. But you’ll do it well. Game of Thrones s1e7: You Win or Your Die, King to Bean
I will do what queens do: I will rule. Game of Thrones s4e5: First of His Name, Queen
Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav’n. John Milton, Paradise Lost 1:263, Lucifer
Yet he who reigns within himself, and rules
Passions, Desires, and Fears, is more than King. John Milton, Paradise Regain’d, Book II 466-467
The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule. Albert Einstein
To rule is easy, to govern difficult. Rene Descartes
We do not colonise, we conquer, we rule. Star Trek: s2e22, Rojan to Kirk
I wanted to rule with a softer hand. But my superiors didn’t see it that way. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine s6e11: Waltz, Gul Dukat
Of the many is not well. One must be chief
In war and one the king. Homer, The Iliad II:253
And here it becomes evident that the bourgeoisie is unfit any longer to be the ruling class in society and to impose its conditions of existence upon society as an over-riding law. It is unfit to rule because it is incompetent to assure an existence to its slave within his slavery, because it cannot help letting him sink into such a state that it has to feed him instead of being fed by him. Society can no longer live under this bourgeoisie; in other words, its existence is no longer compatible with society.
The essential condition for the existence, and for the sway of the bourgeois class, is the formation and augmentation of capital; the condition for capital is wage-labour. Wage-labour rests exclusively on competition between the labourers. The advance of industry, whose involuntary promoter is the bourgeoisie, replaces the isolation of the labourers, due to competition, by their revolutionary combination, due to association. The development of modern industry, therefore, cuts from under its feet the very foundation on which the bourgeoisie produces and appropriates products. What the bourgeoisie therefore produces, above all, are its own grave diggers. Its fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable. Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto
Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else. But I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that ... They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard thirty fucking years ago. They don’t want that. Do you know what they want? They want obedient workers. Obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork, and just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And now they’re coming for your social security money. They want your fucking retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And do you know something – they’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you sooner or later ’cause they own this fucking place. It’s a big club. And you ain’t in it! You and I are not in the big club! By the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe ... what to think and what to buy. The table is tilted, folks. The game is rigged. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Good honest hard-working people ... continue – and these are people of modest means – who continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don’t give a fuck about them. They don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t care about you. At all. At all. At all. George Carlin, Who Really Controls America
Divide and rule. Early 17th century proverb
If you cannot serve, you cannot rule. Hungarian proverb
They ruined us. They conquered continents.
We filled their uniforms. We cruised the seas.
We worked their mines and made their histories
You work, we rule, they said. We worked; they ruled.
They fooled the tenements. All men were fooled. Douglas Dunn, Empires, 1979
Then we will go there too. To rule. Finally to rule. Superman II 1980 starring Marlon Brando & Christopher Reeve & Margot Kidder & Gene Hackman & Ned Beatty & Jackie Cooper & Susannah York & Terence Stamp & Margot Kidder & Jack O'Halloran & Clifton James et al, directors Richard Lester & Richard Donner, Zod on the moon
To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise. Voltaire
To know nor faith, nor love, nor law, to be.
Omnipotent but friendless, is to reign. Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound
Our ambition should be to rule ourselves. The true kingdom for each of us. And true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more. Oscar Wilde
I want the seals of power and place,
The ensigns of command,
Charged by the people’s unbought grace,
To rule my native land.
Nor crown nor sceptre would I ask,
But from my country’s will,
By day, by night, to ply the task
Her cup of bliss to fill. John Quincy Adams, The Wants of Man
How is the world ruled and how do wars start? Diplomats tell lies to journalists and then believe what they read. Karl Kraus, Aphorisms and More Aphorisms, 1909
God meant me to rule. He put me here. Nicholas and Alexandra 1971 starring Michael Jayston & Janet Suzman & Laurence Olivier & Tom Baker & Timothy West & & Jack Hawkins & Brian Cox et al, director Franklin J Schaffner, Nicholas
All kings are foes of all the men they rule. Hortense Flexner
Welcome to Wall Street, the epicentre of financial power in America. Perhaps the money capital of the world … These financial firms are trying to undo the regulations and new laws governing them imposed by the Congress. Who Rules America? I, Press TV 2015
The focus is on political personalities not the forces they represent. ibid.
‘A power elite: an interlocking set of connections of people in business, in politics, in the military, who pretty much determine the parameters of possible change.’ ibid. Eric Foner, Columbia University
There seems to be corporate forces in addition to Wall Street that essentially help guide our political and economic direction. ibid.
A complex system that’s evolved over the years. ibid.
The activists Occupy Wall Street are continuing the fight for independence and economic injustice. Who Rules America? II
The unresolved history of conflict in the United States between those who own and control its resources and those who want economic equality. ibid.