C. Wright Mills

The Power Elite

"The powers of ordinary men are circumscribed by the everyday worlds in which they live, yet even in these rounds of job, family, and neighborhood they often seem driven by forces they can neither understand nor govern. 'Great changes' are beyond their control, but affect their conduct and outlook none the less. The very framework of modern society confines them to projects not their own, but from every side, such changes now press upon the men and women of the mass society, who accordingly feel that they are without purpose in an epoch in which they are without power."

Power, Politics and People

"The moral uneasiness of our time…is due to this key fact: the older values…no longer grip us, nor have they been replaced by new values and codes which would lend moral meaning."