John McWhorter Kicks Butt, Takes Names
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This, of course, is a problem endemic to egalitarian societies. As Tocqueville wrote:What was a greater contributor to the loss of honorifics here in the United States? Both social and physical mobility have had an impact in the last century. And I have no doubt patriotic Southrons would claim that things got worse in the North first...
“In democratic countries, manners have ordinarily little grandeur because life there is very petty. They are often vulgar because thought has but few occasions to raise itself above preoccupation with domestic interests. Genuine dignity of manners consists in always showing oneself in one’s place, neither higher nor lower; that is within the reach of the peasant as of the prince. In democracies, all places appear doubtful; hence it happens that manners, which are often haughty, are rarely dignified. In addition, they are neither well regulated nor well informed. Men who live in democracies are too mobile for a certain number of them to succeed in establishing a code of social graces and to be able to keep it in hand so that it is followed. Each therefore acts nearly as he pleases, and a certain incoherence in manners always reigns because they conform to the sentiments and individuals ideas of each rather than to an ideal model given in advance for imitation by all.”
I think we’re approaching a historic opportunity with the next Food and Farm Bill. As far as I can remember, never before have so many people been aware of its impact on their daily lives and the food that is available to them. I hope to see the next Bill prioritize making healthy food more available and affordable. And I hope it levels the playing field for farmers who want to make a living growing food they can be proud of.