Labour labour…

“Elections are gladiatorial contests; the prospect of salvation through politics seems remote, and politicians are often viewed with contempt or irony. At the same time, the man in the street is capable of being stirred by appeals to his basic concern for his class, occupation, locality, or country; he can form part of an interest. Moreover, he normally shows generosity and tolerance towards those whose plight he can comprehend. On the whole, however, his political ideas form a kind of justification of the situation in which he finds himself: in a particular place, in a particular job, living under particular laws, in a particular country with a particular political system. His complaints are matters of detail, not of principle.”

  • From The Nature of Politics by J.D.B. miller (1962)

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