Clive Bell: The View from Snob’s Hill

Paul Crook

That’s the title of one essay in my forthcoming book Debating Faith. Here is an example of Bell’s amazing elitism:

” How are the civilizing few to be supplied with the necessary security and leisure save at the expense of the many?… Civilization requires the existence of a leisured class, and a leisured class requires the existence of slaves – of people, I mean, who give some part of their surplus time and energy to the support of others…[the select few must be above] the soul-destroying dominion of circumstances”:

Clive Bell, Civilization (1928), pp. 175-176.

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