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Random Thoughts on Random Things #6…

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In 1987, New Right, pro-free market, British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, was famously quoted saying;

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“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…”

 

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(Interview 23 September 1987, as quoted in by Douglas Keay, Woman’s Own, 31 October 1987)

If , as the New Right maintains – “there is no such thing as society” – we should not be surprised that those who feel  alienated and adrift; angry and isolated; also believe  “there is no such thing as society“.

What else is there for them?

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social ills

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After all, if Margaret Thatcher was correct, “and, you know, there is no such thing as society” – then the term “anti-social” doesn’t apply.  How can one be “anti-social” without first acknowledging the existence of society?

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References

Wikiquote:  Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher Foundation: Woman’s Own – interview – 31 October 1987


 

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Why I am a Leftie

Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen/Lurch Left Memes

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  1. Deb Kean
    11 June 2014 at 5:34 pm

    That’s true. Even well-heeled young professionals seem to believe Thatcher. 😦
    Deb

  2. Priss
    11 June 2014 at 7:48 pm

    I think “well-heeled young professionals” are the worst ones of Thatcher’s supporters, Deb. Young, stupid, inexperienced, and yet they support policies which they’ve no idea the consequences and damage they bring. Thatchers has a lot to answer for.

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