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."

1 comment:

  1. Indeed. Perhaps that explains the current popularity of Les Miz.* We seem to be returning to a world that storytellers like Hugo, Dickens, etc. spent their lifetimes destroying through their novels.

    *Which I saw at a Christmas matinee. Magnificent, though all the swooping crane shots make you feel like you're on a roller coaster ride. If you've got a sensitive stomach, be sure to take your Dramamine. Don't worry; the singing will keep you awake.