Wilde Observations #22

Ed Newman
Ed Newman
May 21 · 1 min read

A tossed salad of poetry, art and ideas.

Photo by William Daigneault on Unsplash

“High hopes were once formed of democracy; but democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.” — Oscar Wilde

This particular Oscar Wilde quote echoes a theme I have been especially pondering the past couple years. Last summer while reading a James Madison biography I became aware that even he who helped craft our system of democratically elected representative had private doubts about giving this kind of power to the people.

Shortly afterwards I watched and then read Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People” which spotlights the dar side of democratic systems.

A year previous I attended a local exhibition by Nevada Littlewolf at the Tweed Museum of Art designed to make us think more deeply about the current state of American democracy. It was more than a little thought-provoking. Follow this link to see images and my brief review: This Is What Democracy Looks Like. Wilde’s choice of the word “bludgeoning” is not far off the mark.

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Retired ad man, I’m an avid reader who writes about arts, culture, literature & other life obsessions. @ennyman3