The Fragility of Democracy IV: Fear and hope

‘The clumsy system of public gatherings had been long since abandoned; neither Vashti nor her audience stirred from their rooms.’

It was at some point during the first UK lockdown that I read The Machine Stops, a dystopian story published by E M Forster in 1909. In what was an uncharacteristic work of fiction for the Edwardian novelist, Forster hit on an accurate description of life for…

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Alex Klaushofer

Alex Klaushofer

British writer and disappointed citizen. Mainly on Substack: https://alexklaushofer.substack.com/