Are ACTA part of a wider social phenomenon?

Blogged by James on 14th May 2014

Yesterday I blogged on the age profile of ACTA members. Today I am wondering if the rise of ACTA isn't part of a wider social phenomenon.

[image source: the telegraph]

A couple of years ago the local council decided to close our local library. There was a campaign to save the library but the deed was done and the date of closure was set. Then something awesome happened - the campaign to save the library offered to run the library and the council let them.

Our library was always in use, but now it is packed. My wife takes the kiddies there and they come home with cake! Why? Because there are so many people simply hanging around the library that they have opened a little tea room.

All these wonderful volunteers who spend all day at the library doing a fantastic job keeping it going. Do you suppose they are busy people with full time jobs? I know that some of them are (how do they find the time?) but mostly, they are retired.

I can't imagine all this happening a few years ago. I can't imagine anybody having the time to get together and run a library. As Joseph Shaw has blogged a few times, membership organisations across the board have been in decline for decades. People don't get out and join things any more.. so why do we suddenly have a library? Why the sudden rise of ACTA?

I wonder if the two are related?

It seems that record numbers of people are reaching retirement. That means record numbers of aging lefty Catholics suddenly have a lot of time on their hands.

No wonder they seem to have the time for so many meetings.