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35,812. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else. But I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that ... They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard thirty fucking years ago. They don’t want that. Do you know what they want? They want obedient workers. Obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork, and just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And now they’re coming for your social security money. They want your fucking retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And do you know something – they’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you sooner or later ’cause they own this fucking place. It’s a big club. And you ain’t in it! You and I are not in the big club! By the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe ... what to think and what to buy. The table is tilted, folks. The game is rigged. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Good honest hard-working people ... continue – and these are people of modest means – who continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don’t give a fuck about them. They don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t care about you. At all. At all. At all. (Dissent & Criticism & Control & Capitalism & Work & Solidarity & Industrial Action & Trade Unions & United States of America & New World Order & Club & Money & Social Security & Class & Working Class & Rule & Oppression & Opposition & Equality & Rights) George Carlin, Who Really Controls America
88,761. It’s not my fault that I’m like this. (Social Security & Welfare State & Fat) Benefits: Too Fat to Work, Channel 5 2015, young man
88,762. I did work so why not? (Social Security & Welfare State & Fat) ibid. fattie
88,763. They get around two grand a month in handouts. (Social Security & Welfare State & Fat) ibid. commentary
88,764. All the rats need feeding. (Social Security & Welfare State & Fat) ibid. 41-year-old Rachael
88,765. Rachael believes the bypass is the only option to get her weight down. (Social Security & Welfare State & Fat) ibid.
88,766. Benefits wedding. (Social Security & Welfare State & Fat) ibid.
88,767. Super-size disability benefits. (Social Security & Welfare State & Fat) ibid.
88,768. She hasn’t had a job for more than twenty years. (Social Security & Welfare State & Fat) ibid.
88,769. Meet the Kerrigans. Three generations of a family who all live within a stone’s throw of each other. They’ve got strong opinions. They say it how it is. And they don’t care what anyone thinks. (Social Security & Welfare State) My Big Benefits Family, Channel 5 2015
88,770. The family that claims together stays together. (Social Security & Welfare State) ibid.
88,771. Meet the mums who are bringing up babies on the dole. (Social Security & Baby & Welfare State) Benefits: 19 Kids and Counting
88,772. The government is cracking down on benefit claims – one and a half million payments are being affected. Ministers say it’s tough love. But others say it’s tough luck. (Social Security & Welfare State & Poverty) Dispatches: Britain's Benefits Crackdown, Channel 4 2015
88,773. Supporters of sanctions say they make welfare fairer. So who benefits from Britain’s benefits crackdown? (Social Security & Welfare State & Poverty) ibid.
88,774. Over twelve months more than half a million people were sanctioned. (Social Security & Welfare State & Poverty) ibid.
88,775. The DWP has investigated forty-nine deaths. (Social Security & Welfare State & Poverty) ibid.
88,776. ‘This is our contract with the British people – to bring an end to the something for nothing culture.’ (Social Security & Welfare State & Poverty) ibid. Ian Duncan Smith
88,396. Two and a half million people are on disability benefit. It costs us £13,000,000,000 a year. Now Channel 4 Dispatches has uncovered evidence that a tough regime of tests is secretly trying to push almost 90% of these claimants off the sick to look for work. (Sickness & Disability & Social Security & Welfare State) Dispatches: Britain on the Sick, Channel 4 2012
88,397. The head of the mental health charity MIND stepped down from the official scrutiny panel calling the system inhumane. (Sickness & Disability & Social Security & Mental Health & Welfare State) ibid.
88,398. It was Labour who first hired Atos. (Sickness & Disability & Social Security & Welfare State) ibid.
88,399. Even losing a whole arm is not considered enough to quality for significant disability points. (Sickness & Disability & Social Security & Welfare State) ibid.
88,400. The Atos assessors have targets for the number of people taken off benefits. (Sickness & Disability & Social Security & Welfare State) ibid.
104,034. How much is too much? We meet the families hit by the new cap on their benefits … Who will really end up paying? Dispatches: Britain’s Benefits Families, Channel 4 2017
139,810. Oh hi, basically I just need to find out the progress of my claim. It’s been six months now and I’m literally starving and cold. I am in so much debt. I’ve had nothing to eat. I can’t … All of my disability premiums have been taken away from me. If this isn’t solved quick then I cannot survive, like physically survive. (Disability & Suicide & Social Security & Welfare State) Dispatches: The Truth About Disability Benefits, emergency call to Work & Pensions, Channel 4 2021
139,811. In 2019, Philippa Day, a 27 year old single mother, took an insulin overdose and died after the department for work and pensions cut here disability benefits. She is the latest in a long line of victims of errors in the benefits system stretching back over ten years. (Disability & Suicide & Social Security & Welfare State) ibid.
139,812. 2008-2020: 82 deaths linked to benefits are reported in the media; 5 independent reviews; coroners send five letters to DWP. (Disability & Suicide & Social Security & Welfare State) ibid.
139,813. 2012-2021: DWP conduct 268 secret reviews about claimants who have come to serious harm. These are never made public. (Disability & Suicide & Social Security & Welfare State) ibid.
88,777. This social security measure gives at least some protection to thirty millions of our citizens. F D Roosevelt
88,778. The Social Contract is nothing more or less than a vast conspiracy of human beings to lie to and humbug themselves and one another for the general Good. Lies are the mortar that bind the savage individual man into the social masonry. H G Wells, Love and Mr Lewisham 1900
88,779. They want the federal program controlling Social Security like it’s some kind of federal program. George W Bush 2nd November 2000
88,780. The effort to try to present the Social Security program as if it’s a major problem, that’s just a hidden way of trying to undermine and destroy it. Noam Chomsky
88,783. Social Security is based on a principle. It’s based on the principle that you care about other people. You care whether the widow across town, a disabled widow, is going to be able to have food to eat. Noam Chomsky
108,716. Defund social security then it’ll be in trouble then we’ll hate to privatize it – that’s a huge bonanza for Wall Street. Noam Chomsky, lecture University of Tennessee 25th January 2011
109,294. Why is there such an intense effort – and it’s really fanatic if you look at it – to destroy social security and public education? They work pretty well … It’s of no value to rich people. Noam Chomsky, Global Hegemony: The Facts The Images, lecture Oregon 20 April 2011
109,295. Social security and public education are based on an extremely dangerous principle: namely, that you care about other people. ibid.
88,781. Social Security is not just another government spending program. It is a promise from generation to generation. Hank Johnson
88,782. We will keep the promise of Social Security by taking the responsible steps to strengthen it – not by turning it over to Wall Street. Barack Obama
88,784. If we didn’t have Social Security, our seniors would live mostly in poverty. You’d have another 18 million people in poverty. Michael Moore
92,109. Nobody on the dole counts, friend. (Unemployment & Social Security) Alan Bleasdale, Boys From the Black Stuff: Jobs For the Boys 1982 ***** Dixie Dean to benefits officer
92,121. They’re after me. The whatsits. The dole. (Unemployment & Social Security) From the Black Stuff: Moonlighter, wife of Dixie to friend
92,123. You are shite. You are nothing. You’re the dregs dragged here off the dole. (Unemployment & Social Security) ibid. thief to Dixie
92,127. A woman who has recently become aware of the massive and total futility of her life. (Unemployment & Social Security & Nihilism) Boys from the Blackstuff: Shop thy Neighbour, social security boss to officer
92,144. Mr Hughes, we’re from the social services. (Unemployment & Social Security) Alan Bleasdale, Boys from the Blackstuff: Yosser’s Story, SS bloke
92,153. Don’t come back unless you bring an army. (Unemployment & Social Security) ibid. Yosser to social services
104,673. It’s a tough new government policy for the unemployed: get a job or we’ll cut your benefits. The government says life shouldn’t be easy on state handouts. Thousands of families have had their housing benefit cut to fifty pence a week. Parents who’ve not worked for years are having their lives turned upside down. So can the benefit cap force people back to work? (Unemployed & Social Security) Panorama: The Benefits Cap: Is it Working? BBC 2017
104,674. The benefit cap is changing lives but is it working? (Unemployment & Social Security) ibid.
104,675. More than 67,000 households have been capped so far. Of those 11% have had their housing benefit cut to fifty pence a week. (Unemployment & Social Security) ibid.