It’s a classy kind of thing

Rod Quantock has argued that the reason there never has been, nor ever will be, a political revolution in Australia is because the middle class is completely obsessed by their lawns. The maintenance of their lawns and the rituals of mowing the lawn keep them from coffee, Gauloise and revolutionary talk in dimly lit cafes.

The bloke argues that the lack of Parisian-style cobbled streets is a significant barrier to glorious revolution.

As a political scientist, I argue that a persistent commitment to the myth of egalitarianism and a classless society significantly hinder the development of the class consciousness that is a necessary component to revolution of that type. I provide the following comment as evidence. The fact that I heard it on campus nearly made me weep.

Young woman to friend: “I mean, it’s not like they’re well-off or anything, but they’re not bogans either.”



  1. innercitygarden said,

    October 28, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Did you, with all your not well off but not bogan heritage, start a scrag fight right there on the South Lawn?

    • froginthepond said,

      October 28, 2009 at 9:45 pm

      I have never been so tempted. And I think a scrag fight could have been used as a teaching moment. As well as being damn satisfying.

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