„What policymakers (and econometricians) should recognize, then, is that societies face a meaningful set of choices about alternative economic policy regimes.“

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—  Frank Dobbin American sociologist 1956
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—  Sid Meier Canadian-American game programmer and designer 1954
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„The world is facing a regime today that is totalitarian, racist, fascist, and yet what has been done about it?“

—  Reza Pahlavi Last crown prince of the former Imperial State of Iran 1960
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„Crime is valuable feedback about what childhood in a society means, about its education, economics and culture—about whether this is a society that works or not.“

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„Progress in these policies can only be brought about if a considerable degree of consensus exists within our country. I have heard some doubt expressed as to what consensus means... Consensus means deliberately setting out to achieve the widest possible measure of agreement about our national policies, in this particular case about our economic activities, in the pursuit of a better standard of living for our people and a happier and more prosperous country. If there be any doubt about the desirability of working towards such a consensus let us recognize that every successful industrialized country in the modern world has been working on such a basis.“

—  Edward Heath Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1970–1974) 1916 - 2005
Speech to the Federation of Conservative Students in Manchester (6 October 1981), quoted in The Times (7 October 1981), p. 6. Margaret Thatcher had read Heath's advance text and responded http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/104712 by saying that "To me consensus seems to be—the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies in search of something in which no-one believes, but to which no-one objects".

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