Thursday, 28 January 2010

"There's no such thing as society."

"I think we've been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it's the government's job to cope with it. 'I have a problem, I'll get a grant.' 'I'm homeless, the government must house me.' They're casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It's our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There's no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation."

Margaret Thatcher


from an interview with Women's Own magazine.

Interactive Democracy offers a different perspective on society: that if you, as an individual, see a problem, you should propose a solution to solve it; and that with sufficient support from the rest of society, good proposals can become real change.

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