Bij de dood van Auke Bijlsma. Een uitspraak van Tony Judt:
'I don't think intellectuals do very well talking about the need for the world to be democratic, or the need for human rights to be better respected worldwide. It's not that the statement falls short of the desirable, but it contributes very little to either achieving its goal or adding to the rigor of the conversation... Democracies corrode quite fast; they corrode linguistically, or rhetorically, if you like -- that's the Orwellian point about language. They corrode because most people don't care very much about them. Notice that the European Union, whose first parliamentary elections were held in 1979 and had an average turnout of over 62 percent, is now looking to a turnout of less than 30 percent, even though the European Parliament matters more now and has more power.'