Democracy by E. M. Forster

The novelist E. M. Forster had much more faith in democracy than other Bloosburyites (like Clive Bell). As Forster put it:

“Democracy is not a Beloved Republic really, and never will be. But it is less hateful than other contemporary forms of government, and to that extent it deserves our support. It does start from the assumption that the individual is important, and that all types are needed to make a civilization… The people I admire most are those who are sensitive and want to create something or discover something, and do not see life in terms of power, and such people get more of a chance under a democracy than elsewhere… the society which allows them most liberty is a democracy”.

“What I Believe” (1939) in Two Cheers for Democracy.


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