“It was possible, no doubt, to imagine a society in which wealth, in the sense of personal possessions and luxuries, should be evenly distributed, while power remained in the hands of a small privileged caste.
But in practice such a society could not remain stable. For if leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupified by poverty would become literate and would learn to think for themselves; and when once they had done this, they would sooner or later realise that the privileged minority had no function, and they would sweep it away.
In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on a basis of poverty and ignorance.”
George Orwell, 1984
“Not necessity, not desire— no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have everything, health, food, a place to live, entertainment, and they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits, and will be satisfied…Whoever goes to fight monsters should take care not to become a monster himself. For when you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes back.”