"What people want"?

Carl Remick cremick at rlmnet.com
Wed Feb 17 06:23:13 PST 1999

Anyone else happen to see the review of Thomas Geoghegan's The Secret Lives of Citizens: Pursuing the Promise of American Life in last week's New York Observer? Depressing. Sample follows: "Mr. Geoghegan believes that in a properly operating democracy working people and their sympathizers would vote for better wages. This seems wrong as theory and wrong as a description of what people, even working people, want. They apparently want freedom, even at terrible social cost, even at their own expense."

You can find the full text, in all its patronizing bleakness, at http://www.observer.com/cgi-win/homepage.exe?nyo1/bl021599

Carl Remick

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