"'The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it ... Fella in business got to lie an' cheat, but he calls it somepin else ... You go steal that tire an' you're a thief, but he tried to steal your four dollars for a busted tire. They call that sound business.'
The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck's classic, published in 1939, chronicles the plight of the Midwest's working classes during the Depression
'The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms: greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge, has marked the upward surge of mankind.' Gordon Gekko
• Gekko was the main character in Oliver Stone's 1987 film Wall Street."
From Will Huttons short primer " Capitalism's rise and fall".