E. M. Forster: Two Cheers for Democracy ( words) Published in Two Cheers for Democracy is Forster’s second collection of essays after Abinger. Two Cheers for Democracy has ratings and 13 reviews. Greg said: Essential Forster. As an essayist E.M. Forster is every bit the equal of George Orwel. Two Cheers for Democracy – E.M. Forster – Two Cheers for Democracy – E. M. ForsterI do not believe in Belief. There are so many militant.

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Lawrence’s writing came to mind, which Mr. This seems to me the only course appropriate to a demo- cracy.

Two Cheers for Democracy

We are far less guilty than they are. The moon — she shows her face. An efficiency-regime cannot be run without a few heroes stuck about it to carry off the dullness – much as plums have to be put into a bad pudding to make it palatable. He was intensely patriotic — on the grounds that, when France was a tyranny and Germany a muddle, we were insisting on freedom of speech and being admired for it by European scholars.

When during his last illness I went down to see him in his private residence and later in the hospital, I found him still concentrated on tlie Council and its work, on our annual general meeting which he could not attend, on his pamphlet The Fight for a Free Press, which has just appeared.

The Nazis step forward and say: But people who cannot get interested in the variety of life, and cannot make up their own minds, get discontented over this, and they long for a hero to bow down before and to follow blindly.

A peace which was the result of a Nazi victory would surely not differ much from a Nazi war. There is no knowledge of tomorrow by J Krishnamurti.


Here, sisters were negligible, but it was a disgrace to have a mother. Virgil points at the horrible posies, gathers his mantle around him, and registers historical disgust. They are vexed by messages from contradictory worlds, so that whatever they do appears to them as a betrayal of something good ; they feel that nothing is worth attempting, they drop their hands, break demmocracy in the middle with a shriek, smash physical or spiritual crockery.

Two Cheers for Democracy by E.M. Forster

Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch, which ought to be applied as sparingly cheerx possible. We can easily detect it in the Nazis; their conduct has been infamous ever since they rose to power. Oh, the French, the French!

That night twenty-five thousand volumes were destroyed outside the University of Berlin, in the presence of forty thousand people. I give no examples – it is risky to do that – but the reader may as well consider whether this is the type of person he would like to meet and to be, and whether going further with me he would prefer that cheere type should not be an ascetic one.

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Paradoxically, they become more and more negative and ineffective, until leadership passes to their inferiors. Add to Spiritual Diary. Such a choice may scandalize the modern reader, and he may stretch out his patriotic hand to the telephone at once and ring up the police.

Both assumptions are false: Holly rated it it was amazing Apr 18, The bits I’ve read are enjoyable and thought-provoking. Let me recall that famous Burning of the Books, for it illustrates better than any single event can the way in which Germany has been behaving to Gerxnans. It is all part of a single movement, which has as its aim the fettering of the writer, the scientist, the artist and the general public all over the world.


Freedom is only a favourable step — or, let us say, three little steps. Kimberly Wiggins rated it really liked it Jan 09, But on that point we can get no evidence, and never shall get any. Naturally a lot of people, and people who are not only good but able and intelligent, will disagree here; they will vehemently deny that Christianity has failed, or they will argue that its failure proceeds from the wickedness of men, denocracy really proves its ultimate success.

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He has got round money because he has sought suffering and renounced happiness. All rose to their feet. The tone is almost placcid next to Orwell’s dispatches and journals of the same period, in which Orwell fears there is a very high chance of England being overrun either by the Germans or some homegrown variety of totalitarianism. He had five Edward Morgan Forstergenerally published as E. Splendour ever to be surpassed?

It took place on 13 May St Paul certainly did not. I was brought up as a boy in one of the home counties, in a district which I still think the loveliest in England. I believe in aristocracy, though – if that is the right word, and if a democrat may use it. Jun 10, Shelley rated it really liked it Shelves: The second reason also concerns the writer — and indeed the artist generally.