two shells

Even the blind can see that economic development means the murder of thousands of people – that big business rules through the power of the lying spirit, and that governments wage war by means of deception. A capitalistic society can be maintained only by lies; if people were to recognize this, there would be a total revolt against the greatest deception in the history of humanity. But we are a long way from revolting. Most pious and even many working people think, “Rich and poor have to be.” They ignore the fact that it is impossible to amass any kind of fortune without cheating, without depriving and hurting others and destroying their lives. They fail to realize that big business, concentrated in a few hands, can steer hundreds of thousands toward certain ruin through unemployment.

Source: Eberhard Arnold: Selected Writings