April 16, 2008
He Never Heard of the GOP

John Adams (in Thoughts on Government, April, 1776) gets it all wrong:

Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at April 16, 2008 11:43 PM
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Walther Rathenau got it right:

"Democracy means rule of the people only in the hands of a political people, in the hands of an uneducated and unpolitical people itís mere cliquism and narrow-minded bar-room politics.

(Walther Rathenau was Foreign Minister of Germany during the Weimar Republic, assassinated 1922 by members of a terrorist right-wing organisation bent on saving the fatherland)

Posted by: Peter on April 17, 2008 7:22 AM
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