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Ideas• Empires of the future are the empires of the minds – Churchill
• No power on earth can stop an idea whose time has come – Victor Hugo
Inequality• We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. – Justice Brandeis of US SC
• “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt in his 2nd inaugural speech
• An imbalance b/w rich & poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. – Plutarch
• I believe that virtually all the problems in the world come from inequality of one kind or another. – Amartya Sen
• On India, Gandhi said he wanted not a pyramid but an oceanic circle of equality. In such a circle, the last would be first, in fact there would no first and no last, and the individual citizen, not a Prez or PM, would occupy the centre.
Justice | Injustice• “The natural distribution is neither just nor unjust; nor is it unjust that persons are born into society at some particular position. These are simply natural facts. What is just and unjust is the way that institutions deal with these facts.” - Rawls
• An injustice is tolerable only when it is necessary to avoid an even greater injustice. - Rawls
• “The sense of justice is continuous with the love of mankind.” – Rawls
• “The arc of moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
• “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” ― Abraham Lincoln
• If you are neutral in situations of injustice, then you have chosen the side of the oppressor. – Desmond Tutu
Law• Law is effective only when society meets it at least half-way. – Pratap Bhanu Mehta
• "An unjust law is no law at all." – St Augustine
• “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
• “Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
• When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw. —Mandela