'He had been coaxing in supporters ever since the day when, at the age of four, he had captivated a neighbourhood comrade by giving him an ammonia pistol which later he thriftily stole back from the comrade's pocket. Buzz might not have learned, perhaps could not have learned, much from sociologists […] but they could have learned a great deal from Buzz.'
3. You want sauce with your words?: Sinclair wrote It Can’t Happen Here in the 1930s but some of its satire feels very fresh. I particularly loved his way of poking fun at people who moan about ‘the youth of today’:
'the wishy-washy young people today—Going seventy miles an hour but not going anywhere—not enough imagination to want to go anywhere! Getting their music by turning a dial. Getting their phrases from the comic strips instead of from Shakespeare and the Bible'
This lazy rhetoric comes from none other than Doremus Jessup, early in the story—one of this novel's many delightful ironies.