“…the essence of American politics.  This essence, when distilled, consists of the manipulation of populism by elitism. That elite is most successful which can claim the heartiest allegiance of the fickle crowd; can present itself as most in touch with popular concerns; can anticipate the tides and pulses of opinion; can, in short, be the least apparently ‘elitist’.”

Christopher Hitchens, No One Left To Lie To: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton, p. 18


“The wrenching irony of American history was that, while many of the Populist ideas eventually triumphed, the people themselves were utterly defeated.”

William Greider, Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country, p. 243