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We have a credit system which when analysed meant that we were all pretending to be rich, a social system in which we all pretended to be esquires at the least. We had Dukes who never led, Marquesses with no marches to ward, Knights who could barely sit a donkey; we called our slattern slaves lady helps, our prostitutes soiled doves, our grumbling mumbling fumbling politicians statesmen.

And it is gone like a ghost—and an unclean spirit sure it was that haunted us.

Aleister Crowley, The Vindication of Nietzsche

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