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capitalism
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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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  • There is far less to-and-fro movement between the different groups than happened under capitalism or even in the pre-industrial age.
  • He and a few others like him were the last links that now existed with the vanished world of capitalism.
  • When any ordinary person spoke to a capitalist he had to cringe and bow to him, and take off his cap and address him as ’Sir’.
  • The centuries of capitalism were held to have produced nothing of any value.
  • It was the law by which every capitalist had the right to sleep with any woman working in one of his factories.
  • These rich men were called capitalists.
  • For all he knew there might never have been any such law as the jus primae noctis, or any such creature as a capitalist, or any such garment as a top hat.
  • This was the uniform of the capitalists, and no one else was allowed to wear it.
  • Every capitalist went about with a gang of lackeys who-
  • The capitalists owned everything in the world, and everyone else was their slave.
  • The chief of all the capitalists was called the King.
  • And at the same time there were a very few people, only a few thousands — the capitalists, they were called — who were rich and powerful.
  • The point is, these capitalists — they and a few lawyers and priests and so forth who lived on them — were the lords of the earth.
  • This happened to a great extent during the final phase of capitalism, roughly between 1920 and 1940.
  • Before the Revolution they had been hideously oppressed by the capitalists, they had been starved and flogged, women had been forced to work in the coal mines (women still did work in the coal mines, as a matter of fact), children had been sold into the factories at the age of six.
  • It had always been assumed that if the capitalist class were expropriated, Socialism must follow: and unquestionably the capitalists had been expropriated.
  • It had always been assumed that if the capitalist class were expropriated, Socialism must follow: and unquestionably the capitalists had been expropriated.
  • His exploits had been gradually pushed backwards in time until already they extended into the fabulous world of the forties and the thirties, when the capitalists in their strange cylindrical hats still rode through the streets of London in great gleaming motor-cars or horse carriages with glass sides.
  • Always they were a rehashing of the ancient themes — slum tenements, starving children, street battles, capitalists in top hats — even on the barricades the capitalists still seemed to cling to their top hats an endless, hopeless effort to get back into the past.
  • Always they were a rehashing of the ancient themes — slum tenements, starving children, street battles, capitalists in top hats — even on the barricades the capitalists still seemed to cling to their top hats an endless, hopeless effort to get back into the past.
  • He confessed that he was a religious believer, an admirer of capitalism, and a sexual pervert.

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  • Capitalism has helped to move millions of people out of poverty.
  • While most economist see benefits from capitalism, most voters associate it with heartlessness.

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