"The rights and interests of the laboring man will be protected and cared for not by our labor agitators, but by the Christian men to whom God in his infinite wisdom has given control of property interests of the country and upon the successful managment of which so much depends."
– George F. Baer
"The point is that you can't be too greedy."
– Donald Trump
Trump: The Art of the Deal
"Greed is all right by the way. . . I think greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself."
– Ivan Boesky
(convicted of insider trading violations)
"The Rich Get Richer and That's All Right"
– Headline in the Wall Street Journal
"Blue collar" crimes generate harsh sentences while "white collar" crime – almost always for vastly greater amounts of money – gets kid gloves treatment by comparison. In 2000, for example, a Texas man received sixteen years in prison for stealing a Snickers candy bar, while, at the same time, four executives at Hoffman-LaRoche Ltd. were found guilty of conspiring to suppress and eliminate competition in the vitamin industry, in what the Justice Department called perhaps the largest criminal antitrust conspiracy in history. The cost to consumers and public health is nearly immeasurable. The four executives were fined anywhere from $75,000 to $350,000 and they received prison terms ranging from three months all the way up to … four months."
– Robert McChesney
Rich Media, Poor Democracy