„The true purpose of the strong is to promote greater strength in the weak, and not to keep the weak in that state where they are at the mercy of the strong.“

—  Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them (1912), Chapter 14, p. 210
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„If the state is strong, it crushes us. If it is weak, we perish.“

—  Paul Valéry French poet, essayist, and philosopher 1871 - 1945
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„Communism is inequality, but not as property is. Property is the exploitation of the weak by the strong. Communism is the exploitation of the strong by the weak.“

—  Pierre Joseph Proudhon French politician, mutualist philosopher, economist, and socialist 1809 - 1865
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