Margaret Hefferman - Walter Bagehot - Paul Foot - Martin Luther King - Margaret Thatcher - Michio Kaku - Noam Chomsky -
49,373. Many CEOs and leaders think that silence is indeed golden, that consensus is bliss. It is – sometimes. But more often what it signifies is that there are no respected processes for surfacing concerns and dissent. (Dissent & Consensus) Margaret Heffernan
68,219. One of the most common defects of half-instructed minds is to think much of that in which they differ from others, and little of that in which they agree with others. Walter Bagehot, Economist 11th June 1870 'On the Evils of Sectarianism'
68,220. The consensus started to break up in the mid-1970s. In 1975 Tory MPs elected a new leader, the strident right-winger Margaret Thatcher. She openly attacked the consensus, calling for a return to the naked capitalism of the Victorian era. Nationalisation, public spending of all kinds, council houses, state schools and National Health Service hospitals were all at risk from the new ideology of the right ...
The process has continued through the 1980s and into the 1990s. Thatcher, this time in office, has led the way and the Labour Party has followed. Today we have a new consensus, based on unemployment rather than full employment, on free market capitalism rather than a mixed economy, and on an acceptance of the right to be rich rather than a right not to be poor. Paul Foot, The Case for Socialism ch6
68,221. A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. (Leader & Consensus) Martin Luther King
68,222. To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects. Margaret Thatcher
68,223. Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus. Margaret Thatcher
68,224. There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors ... I mean it. (Consensus & Conservatives) Margaret Thatcher
68,225. Consciousness, there are about 20,000 papers on consciousness with no consensus. Nowhere in history have so many people devoted so much time to produce so little. (Consensus & Consciousness) Michio Kaku
94,983. The ideological system is bounded by the consensus of the privileged. Elections are largely a ritual form. In congressional elections virtually all incumbents are returned to office, a reflection of the vacuity of the political system and the choices it offers. (Parties & Politics & Elections & Privilege & Consensus) Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy