society

Margaret Thatcher in an interview in Women’s Own in 1987 (source: The Guardian):

They are casting their problems at society. And, you know, there’s 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 after themselves first. It is our duty to look after ourselves and then, also, to look after our neighbours.

And, 33 years later, Thatcher’s successor has this to say:

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I kind of intend to put some thoughts here, when i have mulled a bit more. Feel free to place yours as a comment. In the meanwhile, here are 3 building blocks I’d like to include in my political essay in the days of plague:

  • immediately below: (Israeli) response to the distance-learning proposed by the Ministry of Education when the schools were first closed a month ago, which seems to lay bare the present relationship between private or domestic home economies and the social economy of the state.

  • this analysis by Professor of Politics David Runciman, in which he observes that behind the trappings of different political systems is always one political question: which people tell us what to do. This is true in our domestic (home) as well as political economy (only, in my home I am the government, the Law, or at least a partner).
  • below: a contemporary soundtrack to Mrs. T.’s quotation: a punk reply to Woman’s Own that says 3 words: of Northern Ireland. Warning: it turns to shit around 1.10.

Cr@ss, the anarchist punk collective, are weird soul mates of Mrs. Thatcher’s social anarchism. They seem to mirror the same errors of thought and reveal the same ghostly image of the state at the heart of their hidden pictures of society.