This was one of the few good excerpts from “The Pursuit of Loneliness.”
…they (people) are seldom able to resist putting crucial power into the hands of administrators.
This is a violation of democracy’s first rule: never delegate authority upward. It’s a rule violated by liberals more than anyone else, since liberals are most uncomfortable with the demands of communal existence. Cooperation is so irksome to individualistic natures that they spend half of their political lives giving power to centralized governments and the other half fearing for their personal liberties, without ever considering the contradiction.–Philip Slater
My recommendation is, don’t bother reading this book. I have just relayed the only redeemable paragraph of the entire work.