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June 12, 2010

Deep Down They Hate Us

My concern with democracy is highly specific.

It begins in observing the remarkable fact that, while democracy means a government accountable to the electorate, our rulers now make us accountable to them. Most Western governments hate me smoking, or eating the wrong kind of food, or hunting foxes, or drinking too much, and these are merely the surface disapprovals, the ones that provoke legislation or public campaigns. We also borrow too much money for our personal pleasures, and many of us are very bad parents. Ministers of state have been known to instruct us in elementary matters, such as the importance of reading stories to our children. Again, many of us have unsound views about people of other races, cultures, or religions, and the distribution of our friends does not always correspond, as governments think that it ought, to the cultural diversity of our society. We must face up to the grim fact that the rulers we elect are losing patience with us. -- Morals & the servile mind by Kenneth Minogue - The New Criterion

Posted by Vanderleun at June 12, 2010 10:23 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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And so Bertolt Brecht's "Would it not be easier in that case to dissolve the people and elect another?" no longer just applies to Communist dictatorships.

Posted by: Brett_McS at June 13, 2010 4:36 PM

To wit: one Bob Etheridge (Dem. N.Car.) acosting a student asking a question.

Posted by: Blastineau at June 14, 2010 11:03 AM

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