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Single Idea 7257

[catalogued under 25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 4. Conservatism]

Full Idea

When I consider any social system that prevails in the modern world, I can't see it as anything but a conspiracy of the rich to advance their own interests under the pretext of organizing society.

Gist of Idea

All modern social systems seem to be conspiracies of the rich


Thomas More (Utopia [1516], Bk 2)

Book Reference

More,Thomas: 'Utopia', ed/tr. Turner,Paul [Penguin 1965], p.130

A Reaction

I'm afraid this is my own view of most conservative politics. I don't deny that there is a good case to be made for the conservative view (by Burke and Scruton, for example), but the rich will always latch onto its coat-tails. Cf. Idea 122.

Related Idea

Idea 122 Moral rules are made by the weak members of humanity [Plato]