â€œIn capitalism of the 21st century, there is room for the state.â€
â€"French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who called market capitalism â€œan immoral systemâ€ at the New World, New Capitalism symposium in Paris, January 8.
â€œPoliticians spent taxpayer money without wisdom or discipline, and too often focused on scoring political points instead of the problems they were sent here to solve.â€
â€"President Barack Obama, in a speech defending $750 billion in â€œstimulusâ€ spending, January 8
â€œWeâ€™re going to expropriate that and turn it into a hospital, I donâ€™t know, a school, a university.â€
â€"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, explaining his decision to seize a shopping mall, speaking on his weekly show Hello, President, December 21
â€œGoing into a shop and buying a fur coat would be an act of weakness. But if I could go into the woods and kill a bear myself, I would wear it proudly as a trophy.â€
â€"TV cook Nigella Lawson on whether to outlaw fur, interviewed by the BBC, December 10