„Exploitation and manipulation produce boredom and triviality; they cripple man, and all factors that make man into a psychic cripple turn him also into a sadist or a destroyer.“

Source: The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness (1973), p. 483
Context: Exploitation and manipulation produce boredom and triviality; they cripple man, and all factors that make man into a psychic cripple turn him also into a sadist or a destroyer. This position will be characterized by some as "overoptimistic," "utopian," or "unrealistic." In order to appreciate the merits of such criticism a discussion of the ambiguity of hope and the nature of optimism and pessimism seems called for.

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„All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him.“

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„A segregated school system produces children who, when they graduate, graduate with crippled minds.“

—  Malcolm X American human rights activist 1925 - 1965

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—  Finley Peter Dunne author 1867 - 1936

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