Thursday, January 19, 2017


Politics can collapse in two directions. It can lose its aspirational quality by collapsing into ordinary life. The result is that ideas of justice get lost in opinion. The other possibility is that politics becomes the province of an elite and isolated group. In this case, justice becomes a mere instrument of elite power. If both happen simultaneously, you have the worst possible case -- an elite class that rules through the foment of populist opinion.

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