„The fearsome fact of our time is that other elements than the government have assumed the role of directing our affairs. To a very large extent the way we live and the things we live for are determined by the interests of powerful and monopolistic corporations“

—  Stanley Knowles, Chapter 7, Program, p. 80 (See also: New World Order)
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