Friday, January 28, 2011

Dismantling society, one cut at a time--Philip Pullman

I highly recommend a read through the transcript of noted author Philip Pullman's speech. He is discussing the philosophical and moral bankruptcy of the British Coalition government's assault on communities and public services in general, and libraries more particularly.

But his argument should resonate just as loudly in the U.S., where we hear the things that we and people around us value and depend on for material and spiritual sustenance--whether libraries, universities, schools, public radio, the arts and humanities more broadly, social services--dismissed as expendable when not outright condemned, by people in power of all political stripes, by our President who promised to be different just as much as by a Republican Party from which we've learnt to expect nothing better.

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