On Perquisites

Many things that were once reserved to the aristocracy are now common property. In place of the palace menagerie, where imperial splendour was manifested in the display of exotic animals, we have the zoo where divorced fathers take their children on a Sunday. And yes, we have public libraries that would have astonished our ancestors. But whenever aristocratic privilege is divorced from one particular concrete manifestation, it will quickly find other manifestations, which may not initially be as obvious. We cannot know what the prerequisites of great wealth and power will look like in twenty years, only that they will exist; and also that some people will vainly imagine that they have them when in fact they do not.

Posted on April 15, 2012 at 10:37 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: THE ENSLAVING MAMMAL, "Who Is This 'We', White Man?"

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