"Come, is it not the nature of things that ants toil and grasshoppers sing and play?"
—A Christmas Carol (1951)
"My apartment overlooks chase square. A very rich part of town, very safe. And of course, barely ten minutes walk from one of the worst sinkholes in the city.
Because it's always like that, isn't it?"
— Spider Jerusalem, Transmetropolitan
"Waterside is where people are poor. That makes them beggars, thieves, and whores. Hillside is where people are rich. That makes them solicitors, politicians, and courtesans."
— Kvothe, The Name of the Wind
"The people of Valua are either very rich or very poor and they detest each other. Only the richest people in Valua can live in Upper City. The less fortunate are confined to Lower City."
—Drachma, Skies of Arcadia
Bashir: Why are these people in here? Are they criminals?
Sisko: No. People with criminal records weren't allowed in the Sanctuary Districts.
Bashir: Then what did they do to deserve this?
Sisko: Nothing. They're just people without jobs or places to live.
Bashir: So they get put in here?
“A system cannot fail those it was never meant to protect.”
—W. E. B. DuBois
"Diversity = Really rich white folk won't live here."
"It seems that the company has found a way to turn light itself into a valuable commodity that can be bought and sold. As the title implies, one of the company’s business models involves the construction of artificial suns. There’s the suggestion that access to the light created by these suns has been restricted — access to sunlight is a privilege of the higher class, and certainly not something that the working class need to be concerned about....It’s an absolutely terrifying thought, that a world could exist materialistic enough to commoditise sunlight itself."
"Stadium relocation be damned, there are still only two types of Niners fans: powerfully connected VC investors and felons. There is no middle class. You're either being helicoptered into the loge level or being stabbed in the parking lot."
"I mean, New York always had the reputation for being hostile, like there were always jokes about the guy lying in the street and everybody walking over him. But you didn't feel like you were taking your life into your hands and that people there were going to kill you, the sense you get when you walk through the city today. And also, you didn't have the same sense of super-wealth right next to grinding poverty—like today you see people sitting at a fancy restaurant drinking wine, and some homeless person lying on the street right in front of them. There wasn't quite that kind of thing either."
—Noam Chomsky, Understanding Power