You’ve got that eternal idiotic idea that if anarchy came it would come from the poor. Why should it? The poor have been rebels, but they have never been anarchists; they have more interest than anyone else in there being some decent government. The poor man really has a stake in the country. The rich man hasn’t; he can go away to New Guinea in a yacht. The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all. Aristocrats were always anarchists.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) English journalist and writer
The Man Who Was Thursday (1908)
Added on 10-Aug-11 | Last updated 10-Aug-11
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