Let's talk about "the system" for a second, shall we? What is it? Where did it come from? Who's responsible for this?
Well, I don't know the answer to any of those questions, but I do know that if you say "the system" in a sentence, pretty much everybody knows what you're talking about, so let's not get into semantics.
The system sucks, everybody hates it, and these people are the heroes we need. How's that?