Thursday, June 23, 2016

While Britain ponders leaving the EU

I came about these two quotes:

"A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from people like Rousseau, who believed in democracy because they thought mankind so wise and good that everyone deserved a share in the government. The danger of defending democracy on those grounds is that they are not true...I do not deserve a share in governing a hen-roost much less a nation. Nor do most people...The real reason for democracy is just the reverse. Mankind is so fallen that no man can be trusted with unchecked power over his fellows. Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves. I do not contradict him. But I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters."

- C. S. Lewis, Equality

"The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter."

- Winston Churchill

Sad but true.