“When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion—when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing—when you see money flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors—when you see that men get richer by graft and pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you—when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice—you may know that your society is doomed.”
When our shoulders can bear the weight no more—
when all that remains of man’s heart is hate—
when rulers heed only secret debate—
when willful parents send children to kill—
when Facebook Likes become treasured delights—
you may know your society is doomed.