Thursday, February 02, 2017

Amen, amen …

… Sociologist Anne Wortham on Authenticity, the Real Meaning of Individualism, and the Choice to Abstain from Activism – Brain Pickings. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

You would think, with a history such as ours, that we would have understood two things: first, that the government, while we need it, ultimately cannot be our friend, and also that we don’t need it to be our friend, really. It is just an instrument. If minorities broke their alliance with the government, the would depend more on themselves… You see, we would not be here were it not for our own efforts. Most of our history has been in relationship to a government that has not been very kind. Government is not a savior …

This is someone I have to read more of.

1 comment:

  1. Worth noting:
    "That government is best which governs least" is a motto with which Henry David Thoreau opens his pamphlet, Civil Disobedience.