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the many instead of the few
June 19, 2016, 3:09 pm
Filed under: chronotopes, departure lounge, the sweet life | Tags: ,
[Andrew Billington]

Here is real democracy, vague and far off, and in retreat. We have the few, the creative class; real democracy favours the many. We have the coalition of the ascendant where advancement is kept for a select class; real democracy cares not for class. We have funding by ‘political action’; real democracy removes the poverty obstacle.

The administration of Athens favours the many instead of the few; this is why it is called a democracy.

If we look to the laws, they afford equal justice to all in their private differences; if there is no social standing, advancement in public life falls to reputation for capacity, class considerations not being allowed to interfere with merit.

Nor again does poverty bar the way, if a man is able to serve the state, he is never hindered by the obscurity of his condition.

Pericles

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