28 March 2009
The little guy
The reinforcement of the prerogatives of the institutions of government is one of the most troubling features of the modern era. The exertions of ordinary people cannot come close to matching the scope and scale modern governments have become able to harness. It's a kind of dis-enfranchisement not of authority but of legitimacy. The ordinary citizen is stopping to matter anymore because citizens are all being piled up together into an uncountable heap and the experience of the modern life of action is becoming faceless and miniscule as a result.