Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Some Reflections on Democracy

Over at First Thoughts, David T. Koyzis (who seems to have migrated over to First Thoughts from the defunct Evangel blog) offers some historical reflection on the meaning of democracy.  Here is a taste:

I do not know if the people of the United States would vote for superior men if they ran for office, but there can be no doubt that such men do not run.
― Alexis de Tocqueville

In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honoured that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.
― Ambrose Bierce

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
― H.L. Mencken

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
― Robert Byrne

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
― James Bovard

Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
― Gilbert K. Chesterton