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Dorothy Sayers on class and category warfare

From Dorothy Sayer’s lecture titled, “Are Women Human?”  1938.

To oppose one class perpetually to another- young against old, manual labour against brain-worker, rich against poor, woman against man- is to split the foundations of the State;  and if the cleavage runs too deep, there remains no remedy but force and dictatorship.  If you wish to preserve a free democracy, you must base it- not on classes and categories, for this will land you in the totalitarian State, where no one may act or think except as the member of a category.  You must base it upon the individual Tom, Dick and Harry, and the individual Jack and Jill- in fact, upon you and me.

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