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January 23, 2013

"The ordinary man and woman"

"live in an asphyxiating smog of opinions foisted on them by society.

They lose all independence of judgement and all freedom of action. They see themselves increasingly as limited special functions, as parts of a machine, with neither need nor right to perform any other than their role in the economic structure of society. The civic sense becomes atrophied. It is the job of the police to prevent crimes, not yours and mine; it is the job of the town councilor to run the town, not yours and mine. Thus more and more live in cities, and yet more and more become decitizenised. What began in the suburbs reaches right to the city's heart." ( John Fowles, The Aristos, 1964)

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 23, 2013 12:14 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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