Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Lumpenproles

Edward Michael George:

If it is true that governments exist to serve their peoples and not the converse, then it follows that we have failed them almost utterly as masters; that, indeed, we have contrived to become lumpenproles in the very territory of our abdication.
Given its competence in achieving the stated objectives of every policy and program ever implemented, there is never any reason to suppose that western liberal democratic government has any sudden mastery over the public's expectations of it. It is led much more surely than it leads, and therein lies the pity.

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