Sunday, June 18, 2017

There Is No Such Thing As Society ~ Margaret Thatcher

Today you can’t find a single conservative politician who will bluntly declare that there is no such thing as society. But Margaret Thatcher said this in her 1987 interview to Women’s Own magazine. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
"I think we've been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it's the government's job to cope with it. 'I have a problem, I'll get a grant.' 'I'm homeless, the government must house me.' They're casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It's our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There's no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation.
Thatcher was not antisocial. She knew that when people are free to make money they are in a better position to help themselves and those for whom they care. A culture of free enterprise strengthens social relationships rather than weakening them. 

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