in the arsehole of diogenes

NEO-HERACLITUS_____________Qweir Notions in the arsehole of Diogenes: weBlog of a septuagenarian Binge-thinker since February 2008.
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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Power

whether totalitarian or 'democratic'
always involves the abuse
of influence by threat of force.

The one great argument for representative
pseudo-democracy is that
it is better to be governed by nonentities
- even by cabals and cartels of nonentities -
than by monsters.

"[the Roman emperors] frequently abused their power arbitrarily
to deprive their subjects of property or of life:
their tyranny was extremely unpleasant for the few,
but it did not reach the masses;

 ... But it would seem that if despotism were to be established 
amongst the democratic nations of our days 
it might assume a different character; 
it would be more extensive and more mild, 
it would degrade men without tormenting them."

- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Book IV, Chapter 6.

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