TITLE

G. B. S. on Democracy

AUTHOR(S)
Shaw, George Bernard
PUB. DATE
November 1954
SOURCE
New Republic;11/22/54, Vol. 131 Issue 21, p77
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents the author's views on democracy. There is no antithesis between authoritarian government and democracy. All government is authoritarian; the more democratic a government is the more authoritative it is; for with the people behind it can push its authority farther than any Tsar or foreign despot dare do. Genuine democracy can exist only when the necessary slavery to Nature--that is, the task of productive work without which we should all perish, is equally shared, and the leisure left when it is done equally shared in. This will produce an enormous extension of freedom; but it is impossible without a corresponding extension of public activity and interference and a careful liquidation of people who want to be free all the time. The proletarian wants security from unemployment, the business man security from bankruptcy, the professional man security from invasion and conquest.
ACCESSION #
14521665

 

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