“The very words accepted as terms of abuse down and outs, riff raff, mobocracy point, alas, rather to the faults of those who rule than to the sins of those who suffer, to the misdeeds of privilege rather than to those of the disinherited. For our own part, we can never utter those words without a feeling of grief and respect, for where history scrutinizes the facts to which they correspond it often finds greatness hand in hand with misery. Athens was a mobocracy: down and outs made Holland: the common people more than once saved Rome, and the rabble followed Jesus Christ.
There is no thinker who has not at times contemplated the splendor rising from below. It was of the rabble that St. Jerome must surely have been thinking the vagabond poor, the outcasts from which the apostles and martyrs sprang when he uttered the words, Fex urbis, lex orbis. (Dregs of the city, law of the world.)” -Victor Hugo