Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Holberg at 260

Statue of Ludvig Holberg in Bergen, Norway (Sculpturer: John Børjeson, Photo: Nina Aldin Thune)A baker's dozen score years ago today, Norwegian writer Ludvig Holberg passed away.

He was the author of – amongst many other works – The Political Tinker, which made fun of know-nothing people wanting influence in politics. Can we imagine what he would have thought of universal suffrage? Or of lots of other features of the wonderful modern mass democracy that we all are supposed to be praising?

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