“When people are ghettoized and marginalised, when education is cut back, when public libraries are shut down, you take away people’s sense of self-worth. When society decides that some sectors are more worthy of attention than others, people’s sense of self-worth is taken away. When people are denied the right by under-staffing in schools and local services to better themselves, they see no hope of a better life. “
(BigAlphy’s Blog, London Calling)
I spotted this in a blog post discussing the role “phoney capitalism” played in causing the London riots. I’m not going to comment on the theory, but just wanted to highlight the recognition of libraries as a means of education and self-improvement for all.