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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Thursday, September 18, 2003
    Millennium People #3
     
    Finished Millennium People today. Its thesis, as described by Will Self in Prospect, is that
      The real job of the class system ... "isn't to suppress the proles, but to keep the middle classes down, make sure they're docile and subservient." The logical conclusion of this - that the middle class must be roused out of its conformist stupor by attacking its own cultural shibboleths - is detailed with loving silliness.
    So the inhabitants of Chelsea Marina take it out on the BBC, Tate Modern, the National Film Theatre and ultimately, on their own formerly-comfortable streets in a violent standoff with police using their own cars as barricades, in a chapter delightfully titled 'The Bonfire of the Volvos'.

    It's almost believable, this rebellion. And equally believable the return to 'normality' at the end, but a new kind of 'normal' in a world increasingly defined by seemingly meaningless acts of violence. What's eating me about the book is that one of the chief protagonists, one who bought into the 'revolution' at enormous personal cost, is a young idealistic clergyman.....

    (see previous blogs for more).