Thursday, February 26

Discoveries: Early Letters 1938-1975

“…because…I have travelled in a number of countries, I have never been in one yet where there were no distinctions of class, and I think that it is more honest and healthy to acknowledge that fact than to ignore it. Certainly I do not think that it could be maintained successfully that there are no distinctions of class in the United States…democracy as it exists in England and to a considerable extent in Canada, is Political Democracy—that is equality of all men before law; Social Democracy—that is the assumption that all men are of equal value to the state, is not so highly valued, because we cannot conceive ourselves that it is either a true or a valuable belief. Social Democracy, as it concerns good manners between all sections of the population, however, we value very highly
(The Letters of Robertson Davies: Discoveries, p.38)

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