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128,955. If I reflect on the way our society is organised – democracy ought to be a means by which we change the system to meet people’s needs: and it’s been subtly transformed into changing people to meet the needs of the system. And that is the great failure. (Labour & Democracy & Society & System & Biography) Tony Benn, Last Will & Testament ***** Youtube 1.31.36
124,313. And they want to make the kids pay for it with debt for much of the rest of their lives … What do you bloody want to do it for? … Why is it the done thing? … The ever-increasing fees that are being charged, the ever-increasing debt therefore control over young people … The only way it’s going to change is if they refuse to bloody go! Don’t take part in the system … We don’t need the bloody system! (United Nations & College & University & System) David Icke, Agenda 21: The Plan to Kill You, 2016
86,647. Capitalism does not permit an even flow of economic resources. With this system, a small privileged few are rich beyond conscience, and almost all others are doomed to be poor at some level. That’s the way the system works. And since we know that the system will not change the rules, we are going to have to change the system. (Resources & Capitalism & System) Martin Luther King junior
6,157. Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system. (Society & Problem & System & Conformity) Dorothy Day
6,174. The mistake you make, don't you see, is in thinking one can live in a corrupt society without being corrupt oneself. After all, what do you achieve by refusing to make money? You’re trying to behave as though one could stand right outside our economic system. But one can’t. One’s got to change the system, or one changes nothing. One can’t put things right in a hole-and-corner way, if you take my meaning. (Society & Corruption & Capitalism & Economics & Change & System) George Orwell, Keep the Aspidistra Flying
6,285. The whole system that we live in drills into us that we’re powerless, that we’re weak, that our society is evil, that it is crowded etc. and so forth. It’s all a big fat lie. We are powerful, beautiful, extraordinary. There is no reason why we cannot understand who we truly are, where we are going. There is no reason why the average human being cannot be fully empowered. We are incredibly powerful beings. (Self & Control & System & Power & Human Being) Professor Carl Sagan
123,668. The system only wants people who will perpetuate it. (Corporation & United States of America & System & Democracy) Chris Hedges, lecture Seattle University 2018, Corporate Totalitarianism: The End Game *****
20,727. Free yourself from the system and burn your bridges behind you. (GBH Films & System & Gangs: Baader Meinhof Complex) The Baader Meinhof Complex 2005 [Der Baader Meinhof Komplex] starring Moritz Bleibtreu & Martina Gedeck & Johanna Wokalek & Nadja Uhl & Simon Licht & Alexandra Maria Lara & Susanne Bormann & Bruno Ganz et al, director Uli Edel
79,486. They marched against the system. (Local Government & Protest & System) Alan Bleasdale, GBH: It Couldn’t Happen Here starring Robert Lindsay & Lindsay Duncan & Michael Palin & Julie Walters & Tom Georgeson & Andrew Schofield & Jane Danson & David Ross et al, director Robert Young, Michael’s father’s speech
90,462. A bad system will beat a good person every time. W Edwards Deming
90,463. I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create. (System & Create) William Blake
90,464. Fucking ignore the system; use it when it suits you. Johnny Rotten
90,465. Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will want to use. (System & Fool) George Bernard Shaw
90,466. Systems ... resemble the similar parts or muscles of a body natural. By systemes; I understand any numbers of men joyned in one Interest, or one Businesse. Thomas Hobbes 1651
90,467. Systems seem, like certain worms, to be formed by a kind of generatio aequivoca – by the mere confluence of conceptions, and to gain completeness only with the progress of time. Immanuel Kant, The Critique of Pure Reason 1787
90,468. When a system is brought before the public, professing to be new, and claiming to be considered as peculiarly useful, it is incumbent on those who introduce it, to show in what respects it is original, and why it is an improvement. Emma Willard, ‘A System of Universal Geography on the Principles of Comparison and Classification’ 1838
90,469. A system is a plan or scheme of doctrines intended to develop a particular view. Albert Mackey, An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and Its Kindred Sciences 1919
90,470. A system is said to be coherent if every fact in the system is related every other fact in the system by relations that are not merely conjunctive. A deductive system affords a good example of a coherent system. Lizzie Susan Stebbing, A Modern Introduction to Logic 1930
90,471. Systems, scientific and philosophic, come and go. Each method of limited understanding is at length exhausted. In its prime each system is a triumphant success: in its decay it is an obstructive nuisance. Alfred North Whitehead, Adventures of Ideas 1933
90,472. A system is defined as any combination of matter that we wish to study. Earl Bowman Millard, Physical Chemistry for Colleges: A Course of Instruction 1946
90,473. The systems engineering method recognizes each system is an integrated whole even though composed of diverse, specialized structures and sub-functions. It further recognizes that any system has a number of objectives and that the balance between them may differ widely from system to system. The methods seek to optimize the overall system functions according to the weighted objectives and to achieve maximum compatibility of its parts. (System & Method & Engineering) Harold Chestnut, Systems Engineering Tools
90,474. A system is not something given in nature, but something defined by intelligence ... We select, from an infinite number of relations between things, a set which, because of coherence and pattern and purpose, permits an interpretation of what might otherwise be a meaningless cavalcade of arbitrary events. It follows that the detection of system in the world outside ourselves is a subjective matter. Two people will not necessarily agree on the existence, or nature, or boundaries of any systems so detected. Anthony Stafford Beer
90,475. ‘System’ is the concept that refers both to a complex of interdependencies between parts, components, and processes, that involves discernible regularities of relationships, and to a similar type of interdependency between such a complex and its surrounding environment. Talcott Parsons, Systems Analysis: Social Systems
90,476. Systems science is the ordered arrangement of knowledge acquired from the study of systems in the observable world, together with the application of this knowledge to the design of man-made systems. Philip M’Pherson, A Perspective on Systems Science and Systems Philosophy
92,024. Every morning over four million people descend into a vast network of tunnels beneath the city. (Underground Trains & System) London Underground Revealed, National Geographic 2014
92,025. It’s the biggest metro system in the Western world. (Underground Trains & System) ibid.
96,448. Under the present system it was impossible for anyone to succeed in life without injuring other people and treating them and making use of them as one would not like to be treated and made use of oneself.
In order to succeed in the world it was necessary to be brutal, selfish and unfeeling: to push others aside and to take advantage of their misfortunes: to undersell and crush out one's competitors by fair means or foul: to consider one’s own interests first in every case, absolutely regardless of the wellbeing of others. (Selfishness & System) Robert Tressell, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist
96,452. All who live under the present system practise selfishness, more or less. We must be selfish: the System demands it. We must be selfish or we shall be hungry and ragged and finally die in the gutter. The more selfish we are the better off we shall be. In the ‘Battle of Life’ only the selfish and cunning are able to survive: all others are beaten down and trampled underfoot. No-one can justly be blamed for acting selfishly – it is a matter of self-preservation – we must either injure or be injured. It is the system that deserves to be blamed. What those who wish to perpetuate the system deserve is another question. (Selfishness & System) ibid.
96,455. Unless the present system is altered, that is all we have to look forward to; and yet you’re one of the upholders of the present system – you help to perpetuate it! ibid.
96,461. Well, we’re all living in a house called the Money System; and as a result most of us are suffering from a disease called poverty. There’s so much the matter with the present system that it’s no good tinkering at it. Everything about it is wrong and there’s nothing about it that’s right. There’s only one thing to be done with it and that is to smash it up and have a different system altogether. We must get out of it. (Poverty & Capitalism & System) ibid.
96,523. ‘No one can be blamed for doing the best he can for himself under existing circumstances,’ said Owen in reply to Slyme’s questioning look. ‘This is the principle of the present system – every man for himself and the devil take the rest. For my own part I don’t pretend to practise unselfishness. I don’t pretend to guide my actions by the rules laid down in the Sermon the Mount. But it’s certainly surprising to hear you who profess to be a follower of Christ – advocating selfishness. Or, rather, it would be surprising if it were not that the name of ‘Christians’ has ceased to signify one who follows Christ, and has come to mean only liar and hypocrite.’ (Christianity & System & Rules & Selfishness) ibid.