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Topic - Thatcher: "No such thing as society"

Coel Hellier - on 09 Apr 2013
Can we, once and for all, be clear what she meant? She was not saying "don't care about others", she was saying exactly the opposite, *DO* care about others. She was saying that "society" is not some entity that comes along and helps people, it is other people who help people (whether directly or through taxes).

Thus one should not sit around on ones butt waiting to be helped, expecting "society" to provide for you; nor, if you think others need helping, should you sit around expecting "society" to do it, you should try doing the helping yourself.

"There is no such thing as "society". There is living tapestry of men and women and people and the beauty of that tapestry and the quality of our lives will depend upon how much each of us is prepared to take responsibility for ourselves and each of us prepared to turn round and help by our own efforts those who are unfortunate."

(Funny how often the phrase gets quoted without the context of the surrounding sentences. For the fuller context see http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/106689 )
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