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120,739. That cursed society in which one may see a single man spending uselessly enough to feed thousands of families, an infamous society which permits a few individuals to monopolise all the social wealth while there are hundreds of thousands of unfortunates who have not even enough bread that is not refused to dogs, and while entire families are committing sucide for want of the necessities of life. (Capitalism & Society & Anarchism) Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays ***** audiobook 6.57.08, part III
123,669. What they are doing is extracting from us. (Corporation & United States of America & Democracy & Society) Chris Hedges, lecture Seattle University 2018, Corporate Totalitarianism: The End Game *****
123,670. It has the capacity to commodify everything. (Corporation & United States of America & Commodity & Democracy & Society) ibid.
123,671. They are taking from us our constitutional rights by judicial fiat i.e reintrepreting the right of unlimited corporate power through a distorted interpretation of the constitution. (Corporation & United States of America & Constitution & Democracy & Society) ibid.
123,920. The disintegration of these social bonds plunges individuals into deep psychological distress. (Society & Poverty & Democracy & United States & Capitalism) Chris Hedges, lecture Sanctuary for Independent Media, New York 2018, ‘American Anomie’, Youtube 2.01.07
123,921. Our corporate coup d’etat and failed democracy has freed the oligarchic elite from all legal and moral constraints. (Society & Poverty & Elite & Democracy & United States & Capitalism) ibid.
123,922. Mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence ... The electoral process is a facade. (Society & Poverty & Election & Democracy & United States & Capitalism) ibid.
123,923. A third of the American workforce earn less than $12 an hour and most of them do not have access to employer-sponsored health insurance. (Society & Poverty & Democracy & Poor & United States & Capitalism) ibid.
123,924. Empires in decay, ravaged by widespread anomie, embrace an almost wilful suicide; blinded by their hubris and unable to face the reality of their diminishing power, they retreat into a fantasy world where hard and unpleasant facts no longer intrude. (Society & Poverty & Democracy & Empire & United States & Capitalism) ibid.
123,925. An aggressive criminalisation of the poor … The poor are thrown into prison and must forfeit all their property for being caught with small amounts of the same drugs. 123,923. A third of the American workforce earn less than $12 an hour and most of them do not have access to employer-sponsored health insurance. (Society & Poverty & Democracy & Poor & United States & Capitalism) ibid.
123,926. The self-destructive pathologies that plague the United States: opioid addiction, morbid obesity, gambling, suicide, sexual sadism … hates groups and mass shootings, rise out of this anomie. (Society & Poverty & Democracy & Poor & United States & Capitalism) ibid.
123,927. Capitalism: you don’t want this greed to dominate society. (Society & Poverty & Democracy & Poor & United States & Capitalism) ibid.
135,605. We are a society awash in skillfully manufactured lies. Solitude that makes thought possible — a removal from the electronic cacophony that besieges us — is harder and harder to find. We have severed ourselves from a print-based culture. We are unable to grapple with the nuances and complexity of ideas. We have traded ideas for fabricated clichés. We speak in the hollow language we are given by our corporate masters. Reality, presented to us as image, is unexamined and therefore false. We are culturally illiterate. And because of our cultural illiteracy we are easily manipulated and controlled. Chris Hedges, speech American Political Science Association 3 September 2016
207. All societies have had need to find an explanation of the way in which human beings came into the world. (God & Society & World) David Attenborough, televised interview
647. Modern societies march towards morality in proportion as they leave religion behind. (Religion & Society & Morality) Paul Bert
90,982. There is no such thing as society. (Thatcher & Society) Margaret Thatcher
791. The basis of any truly civilised society, true democracy, is Justice. Truth and Justice. (Truth & Civilisation & Society & Democracy & Justice) John Pilger, interview Alan Hart
2,471. We live in a society absolutely dependent on science and technology and yet have cleverly arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. That’s a clear prescription for disaster. (Science & Society & Technology) Carl Sagan, with Anne Kalosh ‘Bringing Science Down to Earth’ 1994
4,255. But an extra-terrestrial visitor examining the differences among human societies would find those differences trivial compared to the similarities. We are one species. (Humanity & Society & Different) Professor Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan, Cosmos: Who Speaks for Earth? 1979
2,683. An extra-terrestrial being, newly arrived on Earth – scrutinizing what we mainly present to our children in television, radio, movies, newspapers, magazines, the comics, and many books – might easily conclude that we are intent on teaching them murder, rape, cruelty, superstition, credulity, and consumerism. We keep at it, and through constant repetition many of them finally get it. What kind of society could we create if, instead, we drummed into them science and a sense of hope? (Science & Teaching & Society & Hope) Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
2,597. The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. (Science & Life’s Like That & Knowledge & Society & Wisdom) Isaac Asimov
2,687. Scepticism is the agent of reason against organized irrationalism – and is therefore one of the keys to human social and civic decency. (Science & Scepticism & Reason & Irrational & Society) Stephen Jay Gould
4,121. That world has gone. The anchors have dissolved or are dissolving. There is neither a monetary nor religious anchor. The pound floats; Catholicism is mired in the horrifying sexual antics of its priests; CEOs pay themselves salaries without limits. The great visions of how one might associate with others – in an Empire, a Commonwealth, a socialist economy, a commune, a religious community, a trade union or even a company – have become implausible. We are individualists in a not very sovereign nation state being buffeted around by economic forces beyond our control. We madly find meaning in cults and celebrity, overinvesting in family as the last redoubt of meaning, while reconciling ourselves to fewer public services and cynical companies even while the country is very much richer. (World & Great Britain & Individual & Society & Humanity & Socialism) Will Hutton, The Baby Boomers and the Price of Personal Freedom
4,249. My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. (Humanity & Society) Albert Einstein
6,210. All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual. (Individual & Society & Opportunity) Albert Einstein
6,981. A man’s ethical behaviour should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death. (Education & Behaviour & Society) Albert Einstein
4,254. We shall have to share out the fruits of technology among the whole of mankind. The notion that the direct and immediate producers of the fruits of technology have a proprietary right to these fruits will have to be forgotten. After all, who is the producer? Man is a social animal, and the immediate producer has been helped to produce by the whole structure of society, beginning with his own education. (Humanity & Technology & Production & Society) Arnold J Toynbee, Surviving the Future 1971
4,299. Socially too Toba left a mark on our species. Evidence reveals that social networking in surviving humans increased. (Human Being & Evolution & Society & Extinction) Planet of the Apemen: Battle for Earth I BBC 2011
4,443. In individuals insanity is rare, but in groups, parties, nations and epochs it is the rule. (People & Groups & Parties Political & Nation & Insanity & Society) Friedrich Nietzsche
4,541. Man is formed for society. (Man & Society) William Blackstone
4,782. Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex, the ugly ones included. (Woman & Society) Karl Marx
6,176. Society does not consist of individuals, but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand. (Society & Individual) Karl Marx, Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy
6,137. The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them. (Society & Oppression & Democracy) Karl Marx
49,705. In making itself the master of all the means of production to use them in accordance with a social plan, society puts an end to the former subjection of men to their own means of production. It goes without saying that society cannot free itself unless every individual is freed. The old mode of production must therefore be revolutionised from top to bottom, and in particular the former division of labour must disappear. Its place must be taken by an organisation of production in which, on the one hand, no individual can throw on the shoulders of others his share in productive labour, this natural condition of human existence; and in which, on the other hand, productive labour, instead of being a means of subjugating men, will become a means of their emancipation, by offering each individual the opportunity to develop all his faculties, physical and mental, in all directions and exercise them to the full – in which, therefore, productive labour will become a pleasure instead of being a burden. (Communism & Marxism & Production & Society & Labour) Friedrich Engels