The first duty of a government, in his view, was to leave people alone. More than half a century later I feel the same way myself. My last sparks of fiery radicalism have long been quenched. Privately I define democracy as that political system which leaves me free not to care about it. About that, I care passionately.
Monday, December 07, 2009
Privately I define democracy as that political system which leaves me free not to care about it
SHOOT: Problem is, implicit in this idea of an almost automated government is the idea of trust. That you can trust the unseen government workers, that their actions will be in the interests of the nation, and indirectly in your interest. Of course, hyperindividualism has nothing to do with building communities, and trust is only used in so far as the invididual can be enriched. That often means you, the taxpayer, are taking for a ride, as long as you remain trusting, and..what is the word...impotent, unresponsive. And that is what we have become. Unfortunately society today knows of only two responses. Complacency and panic. And people, as they lose their jobs, as the walls move in, are forced to be less and less complacent.