>Food for Thought: Mark Steel

>From the Conclusion to Vive La Revolution:


For today’s establishment, the French Revolution provides proof of the mayhem that reigns when those who talk of equality get their way. Which is why I get the impression we’re not supposed to like it very much…every reference to the revolution as nothing but carnage is a warning–leave things as they are, these people who ask you to
protest about things might seem well-intentioned, but if they get their way it will be
heads on pikes around the fountain at the shopping mall.

For the establishment relies on passivity, the very opposite of revolution. For a kaleidoscope of reasons, most people most of the time choose not to confront the injustices on the planet. Even when they do, their suggestion is invariably that a different president, or chairman of the World Bank, would possibly be fairer. The last group that anyone considers should run society is themselves.

Beware people who talk about uniting as a way to absolve others of their sense of guilt.

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2 comments

  1. Anonymous · January 22, 2008

    >that was a very good passage. seems like a very good book.

  2. Anonymous · January 22, 2008

    >that was a very good passage. seems like a very good book.

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