Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Ah, Democracy

For Super Tuesday, a collection of thoughts on democracy and voting:
To govern according to the sense and agreement of the interests of the people is a great and glorious object of governance. This object cannot be obtained but through the medium of popular election, and popular election is a mighty evil. Edmund Burke 
An election is nothing more than the advanced auction of stolen goods. Ambrose Bierce 
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. Winston Churchill 
Democracy is rule by the collective wisdom of those who believe, all statistical evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, that their individual votes make a difference. Or that their votes matter in some spiritual or ethical context, as if God or Immanuel Kant were watching on Election Day. And yet they complain when they get bad government. Me 
Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried. Churchill, again

1 comment:

regalred said...

Great quotes concerning the ills of democracy. I find your personal reflection particularly insightful.