Tuesday, 20 May 2014

The shape of things to come

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I came across this remark the other day reading about the 1848 Revolutions.
'The improvements in the means of communication will change everything and the dregs that rested in the depths will rise to the top.' 
So said Czar Nicholas I, in 1845.

The Czar was prophetic. Lenin, Hitler, rock music, Kim Kardashian. Add examples to taste.

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  1. Another example is free online education, which you advocate.

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    1. Yes but I think I approve of dregs hidden in the depths rising to the top, if by dregs we mean people from the lower and middle classes who have ability and by the top we mean becoming part of an educated, cultured and well-read elite.

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  2. Ah, if we could only ensure that took place instead of the dregs amassing all the attention and power.

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    1. I donàt think he meant the lumpenproletariat or the criminal classes. He probably had in mind the people who nowadays read the Guardian and teach humanities in schools and universities.

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