"Rivalry, competition, envy, jealousy, all that is malignant in human character is nourished by the system. Possessions, money, property -- on such corrupt standards as these do you people measure happiness and success... great segments of your population are deprived of the minimal prerequisites for a decent life, Is that not true, too. Because your system is basically exploitative, inherently debasing and unjust; there can never be anything resembling genuine equality in such an environment."
-from Portnoy's Complaint, diatribe about America delivered by an Israeli girl who makes a brief appearance in the book.
P.S. I do not recommend the book, only the quote.