Thomas Paine on "the vulgar and ignorant mob"
"They rise as an unaviodable consequence, out of the ill construction of all old governments in Europe, England included with the rest. It is by distortedly exalting some men, that others are distortedly debased, until the whole is out of nature."
At a time when the neo-liberal economic order is collapsing around us, when politicians are clueless about how to tackle entrenched powers of bankers and big businesses, and corruption holds at most levels, it should scarcely surprise anyone that large swathes of our populations - old and young - are disaffected, angry and lacking in respect.
Paine, you will recall, lived through one of the most turbulent periods of European history.
Hat tip: Michael Law (from a letter in The Guardian)