Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Irony of Democracy

"After the age-long struggle for the vote, democratic countries show an extraordinary attitude toward it: they boast of their form of government and express nothing but contempt for politicians—the men and women they have themselves chosen. Worse, of those who have the vote, fewer than half use it. Lastly, exerting influence on the people's representatives, "lobbies" re-create on a large scale the former role of organized interests." Jacque Barzun, From Dawn to Decadence, p. 536

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