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4 December 2017

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

H. L. Mencken

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6 Comments to “Democracy”

  1. “Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.” and getting away with it.

  2. Unfortunately, this is 100% true.

    • Consider that, by the terms of the analogy, we are all monkeys and every one of us is in the cage.

      Now, where is this circus of which Mencken speaks?

    • Democracy — pure democracy — is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

      Never forget that the Athenians voted themselves a tyrant; that the Weimar Republic died by the vote, not by a coup; and that Venezuelans elected Hugo Chavez with a comfortable majority, and he soon abolished Congress and the judiciary by fiat.

      Democracy is fine for a while, but when it goes, it goes to Hell in a heartbeat.

      • They have a saying in Africa, ever since the various countries got their independence and had a (usually brief) fling with democracy:

        ‘One man, one vote, one time.’

        Cynical, yes, but alas, far too often truthful.

  3. They should try and decide there who else in the Animal Kingdom could do better.

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