quarta-feira, 2 de maio de 2007

Uma epígrafe (atrasada) para o 1ºMaio (ou quando os marxistas são rawlsianos)

«Governments, the economy, schools, everything in society, are not for the benefit of the privileged minorities. We can look after ourselves. It is for the benefit of the ordinary run of people, who are not particularly clever or interesting (unless, of course, we fall in love with one of them), not highly educated, not successful or destined for sucess, in fact, nothing very special. It is for the people who, throughout history, have entered history outside their neighbourhoods as individuals only in the records of their births, marriages and deaths. Any society worth living in is one designed for them, not for the rich, the clever, the exceptional, although any society worth living in must provide for our personal benefit. A world that claims that this is its purpose is not a good world, and ought not to be a lasting one».

Eric Hobsbawn (in "New York Review of Books", 16 Dezembro, 1993, p.64)