Writer: JG Ballard

Posted on by Ben Hodson

“I suspect that many of the great cultural shifts that prepare the way for political change are largely aesthetic.” (JG Ballard, 2004) argued the British novelist James Ballard.  I have been researching in the with the assumption that this statement is true, namely that art is an important forerunner to social and political change.


If Ballard's statement is true; public opinion is a catalyst to political and social change.  This would certainly seem to be the case in democratically based governments.  The former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago suggested that; "Democracy, finally, rests on a higher power than Parliament. It rests on an informed and cultivated and alert public opinion." (Eric Eustace Williams 1938).