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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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In fact, nothing here seems to have much urgency at all, which is strange given the historical context of the war.

But reliability is not a matter of contract — that is the main demoracy between the world of personal relationships and the world of business relationships. I have lost all faith in posi- tive militant ideals; they can so seldom be carried out without thousands of human beings getting maimed or imprisoned.

Those seem to me the chief cultural points in a Nazi conquest — and you will remember that I am keeping to this particular aspect, and not talking about politics and economics. There is here something that suggests the grandeur and the sternness of certain heroes of the ancient world, and their strife for an individual liberty compatible with civic righteous- ness.

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No, I distrust Great Men. Hero-worship is a dangerous vice, and one of the minor merits of a democracy is that it does not encourage it, or produce that unmanageable type of citizen known as the Great Man.

No eBook available Amazon. Going back about four hundred years, to Holland, there is the Dutch scholar Erasmus, who stood apart from the religious fanaticism of the Reformation and was abused by both parties in consequence. Statistics, maps and graphs preach a numerical triumph, but the art-stuff on the walls might just as well hang on the walls of the German Pavilion opposite: Two Cheers for Democracy – E.


Nearly every little boy had a mother in a cupboard, and dreadful revela- tions occurred. It is international sport that helps to kick the world downhill. What is bad will be forgotten, and free choice in reading is as important as it is in action. Ought we not, at such a moment, to act as Wagnerian heroes and heroines, who are raised above themselves by the conviction that all is lost or that all can be saved, and stride singing into the flames?

Lost in the beauty where he was lost, we find more than we ever threw away, we reach what seems to chesrs our spiritual home, and remember that it was not the speaker who was in the beginning chedrs Surprisingly, I really enjoyed some of these essays. His strength went that way. Owing to their kindness and hospitality, it has happened that Cracow has become for me a symbol of Nazi bullying on the Continent, and I can hardly see its name without trembling with rage.

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Two Cheers for Democracy by E.M. Forster

Germans would no longer be killed, but they would go forsfer killing others until no one survived to criticize them. It has generosity and modesty, it is not confined by political and geographic boundaries, it docs not fidget about purity of race or worry about survival, but, living in the present and sustained by the desire to create, it expands wherever human beings are to be found.

This seems to me the only course appropriate to a demo- cracy. Views Read Edit View history. And we find our- selves in a similar dilemma today. fordter

They are sensitive for others as well as themselves, they are considerate without being fussy, their pluck is not swankiness but power to endure, and they can take a joke. I believe in aristocracy, though – if that is the right forsher, and if a demicracy may use it.


The giants there have the guns, or in other words the gold; but they do nothing with it, they do not realize that they are all-powerful, with the result that the catastrophe is delayed and the castle of Valhalla, insecure but glorious, fronts the storms.

In Czechoslovakia, for instance, they have banned the operas of Smetana and the plays of Capek. But they are too fine to demoocracy themselves; that is their glory and their trouble.

Two Cheers for Democracy – E.M. Forster

Bloomsbury Group Hogarth Press Mrs. It is a matter for the heart, which signs no documents. For the purpose of living one has to assume that the personality is solid, and the “self” is an entity, and to ignore all contrary evidence. Goethe had to be treated with more respect — so far as I know, they have not banned Goethe.

Mendel did not want to prove anything. Enter the Science of Psychology. It is all part of a single movement, which has as its aim the fettering of the writer, the scientist, the artist and forrster general public all over the world. But hit the mark? Signals of the invincible army!

If you wonder what kind of books intelligent people used to read, this is it. What about our literature? But bravery and cheegs are only different sides of the same small shield.