"Because The Wire was not a story about America, it's about the America that got left behind. ... Listen, capitalism is the only engine credible enough to generate mass wealth. I think it's imperfect, but we're stuck with it. And thank God we have that in the toolbox. But if you don't manage it in some way that incorporates all of society, if everybody's not benefiting on some level and you don't have a sense of shared purpose, national purpose, then it’s just a pyramid scheme. Who's standing on top of whose throat? ... The drug war is war on the underclass now. That's all it is. It has no other meaning."
- David Simon, co-creator of The Wire
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