Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Culture matters III


There is nothing between the individual or family unit on one hand and the central state on the other. Britain has fallen into De Tocqueville's trap of an atomised society, where "every man is a stranger to the destiny of others. He is beside his fellow citizens but does not see them ... while above them rises an immense and tutelary power, that of the state". We have lost the habit of association.

Indeed. May we suggest that the problem reflects deep cultural trends, and will not be fixed by having more local mayors and city councils?

2 comments:

clairity said...

Hi. I'm wondering who the quote is from, or do you have a link?

Sharon

Crossroads said...

Done, thanks.