Came across this piece ‘Democracies end when they are too democratic’ by one Andrew Sullivan in New York, news and politics, nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/04/america-tyranny-donald-trump.html :
“the longer a democracy lasted the more democratic it would become. Its freedoms would multiply; its equality spread. Deference to any sort of authority would wither; tolerance of any kind of inequality would come under intense threat; and multiculturalism and sexual freedom would create a city or a country like “a many-colored cloak decorated in all hues.”
This rainbow-flag polity is, for many people, the fairest of regimes. The freedom in that democracy has to be experienced to be believed — with shame and privilege in particular emerging over time as anathema. But it is inherently unstable. As the authority of elites fades, as Establishment values cede to popular ones, views and identities can become so magnificently diverse as to be mutually uncomprehending. And when all the barriers to equality, formal and informal, have been removed; when everyone is equal; when elites are despised and full license is established to do “whatever one wants,” you arrive at what might be called late-stage democracy. There is no kowtowing to authority here, let alone to political experience or expertise.
The very rich come under attack, as inequality becomes increasingly intolerable. Patriarchy is also dismantled: “We almost forgot to mention the extent of the law of equality and of freedom in the relations of women with men and men with women.” Family hierarchies are inverted: “A father habituates himself to be like his child and fear his sons, and a son habituates himself to be like his father and to have no shame before or fear of his parents.” In classrooms, “as the teacher … is frightened of the pupils and fawns on them, so the students make light of their teachers.” Animals are regarded as equal to humans; the rich mingle freely with the poor in the streets and try to blend in. The foreigner is equal to the citizen.
And it is when a democracy has ripened as fully as this that a would-be tyrant will often seize his moment.”
Of course on reading this one immediately thinks of drumf, even his latest recruit the grinning gargoyle and his brexit bollocks and gove’s derision of ‘experts’. Excepting the ‘foreigner is equal to the citizen’, although thinking about it that is what many of the racist brexiters are unhappy with and drumf is against everyone except himself.
And yet it comes from Plato’s Republic, plus ca change eh?
And I’ve also recently added my name to faceache, not to actually use it on a personal level but to try and separate my business bollocks from Kate’s page and we were singularly unsuccessful. Only the other day Hector and I were decrying how with computers, smartphones and the like when you ask how to do something instead of people working with you and talking through how to do something they take over the bit of hardware do lots of screen jabbing and you’re left none the wiser. I’ve been guilty too of this, but that was a while ago when floppy discs actually existed.
Still, must away now to load the car for another day’s selling tomorrow and Kate’s being very busy and I’m just sat here tapping away.
Keep on keeping on, love Duncan.
PS my new team the Blues had a good win yesterday, I’d stick a few quid on them getting promotion.