It’s the story of a society in which democracy descends into tribalism and tyranny. One of a civilisation built by those committed to the rule of law who turn on each other, scapegoating the marginalised and powerless. Ultimately, it’s a reminder of a human barbarism lying just beneath the fragile veneer of decency.
I’ve not read the book since secondary school, but his analysis this rings true to me. So many times recently, I’ve watch political debates and wondered if a) children might do a better job of running the country, and b) if the country were not in fact actually run by a lot of frightened children.
But both options suggest that we should perhaps forgive our naive ‘leaders’ for their desperate attempts to seem like adults – something that I’m not inclined to do with so much at stake.