Who said this when?

Read the following paragraph and think who said it when?

“Alienation is the precise and correctly applied word for describing the major social problem in [X] today. People feel alienated by society. In some intellectual circles it is treated almost as if it is a new phenomenon. It has, however, been with us for years. What I believe to be true is that today it is more widespread, more pervasive than ever before. Let me right at the outset define what I mean by alienation. It is the cry of the men who feel themselves the victims of blind economic forces beyond their control. It is the frustration of ordinary people excluded from the processes of decision making. The feeling of despair and hopelessness that pervades people who feel with justification that they have no say in shaping or determining their own destinies.”

Could it be Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s left wing leader, in the UK’s current election? It surely could be. It might perhaps be Bernie Saunders, the left wing candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in last year’s American election–except it has a British twang.

The same British twang probably rules out Donald Trump, and it’s also too clearly expressed to be him–but it’s saying at least some of what he says. Nigel Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party, is a better bet, particularly with that reference to “ordinary people”; and if it has been translated it could be Marine Le Pen, the extreme right wing candidate for president in France.

Or was it perhaps much longer ago? Could it be Frederick Engels or even Oswald Mosely? Or could it be Keir Hardie?

I know that you can type in some of the words and find who said it when, but I’d like you to make an intelligent guess. Even if you can’t get the author perhaps you can get the time right.


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