Monday, February 25, 2008

Quotes on Democracy

Democracy is a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses. - HLM

"Under the pressure of fanaticism, and with the mob complacently applauding the show, democratic law tends more and more to be grounded upon the maxim that every citizen is, by nature, a traitor, a libertine, and a scoundrel. In order to dissuade him from his evil-doing the police power is extended until it surpasses anything ever heard of in the oriental monarchies of antiquity."

Mencken wrote that in Notes on Democracy (1920), due out soon from the Mises Institute, and thanks to William H. Peterson for recommending it to us.

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