F**K YOU, I WON’T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME
Changing Attitudes to Authority
Deference seems not merely in decline; it is not ‘pining for the fjords’, as Monty Python would put it, but is ‘pushing up the daisies’. It is dead.1
The debate about the state of deference, that is whether it is dead, dying or alive and well, is not one that is easily proven one way or the other. But what is clear is that, whether we look at politics, families, schools, the workplace, religion or attitudes to governments, we will see that a change has been taking place, and not just in one region but across the globe. In fact, it is more accurate and helpful to think of this change as part of a social phenomenon, one involving an important shift in the expectations, ...