If there's one thing people the world over agree on is that while they love their country, it needs improving. The Establishment isn't right. Election promises notwithstanding, national and private grievances are being ignored, if not aggravated. Is too much expected of democracy?
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Not that its alternatives - communism, theocracy - have had better results. Socialism produces grievances of its own. And a benevolent dictator is an oxymoron. Nevertheless the search continues, more so in some lands than in others. Novelists in the UK are certainly putting their minds to it.
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