"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good." —Thomas Paine
Monday, December 17, 2012
John Ralston Saul on the weakening of democracy
"Indeed you can usually tell when the concepts of democracy and citizenship are weakening. There is an increase in the role of charity and in the worship of volunteerism. These represent the élite citizen's imitation of noblesse oblige; that is, of pretending to be aristocrats or oligarchs, as opposed to being citizens."