Monday, 4 June 2012

Thoughts on Democracy and Government...

As a quick bit of bank holiday fun, here are some of the most relevant comments made on the subject:-

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." - Benjamin Franklin.

"A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one per cent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine." - Thomas Jefferson

"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul." - George Bernard Shaw

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury." - Alexander Tytler

"A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money." - G. Gordon Liddy

"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves." - Edward R Murrow

"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." - P.J. O'Rourke

"The power to tax is the power to destroy." - John Marshall

"Liberty is not a means to a political end. It is itself the highest political end." - Lord Acton

"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." - H.L. Mencken

"The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin." - Mark Twain

"What this country needs are more unemployed politicians." - Edward Langley

"It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong." - Voltaire

"The best government is the one that charges you the least blackmail for leaving you alone." - Thomas Rudmose-Brown

"Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries." - Douglas Casey 

"Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program." - Milton Friedman

"If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else's expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves." - Thomas Sowell

"Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom." - Albert Einstein

"Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance." - H.L. Mencken

"Liberals want the government to be your Mommy. Conservatives want government to be your Daddy. Libertarians want it to treat you like an adult." - Andre Marrou

"Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free." - Harry Browne

"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." - Plato

"The moral and constitutional obligations of our representatives in Washington are to protect our liberty, not coddle the world, precipitating no-win wars, while bringing bankruptcy and economic turmoil to our people." - Ron Paul, speaking in 1987

"Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA – ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns doesn't serve the State." - Heinrich Himmler

"Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything." - Josef Stalin

"Capitalism is using its money - we Socialists throw it away" - Fidel Castro

"How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think." - Adolf Hitler

"England is the ideal place to live." - General Augusto Pinochet

"Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed." - Mao Tse-Tung

"It may be necessary to use methods other than constitutional ones." - Robert Mugabe

"Politics is when you say you are going to do one thing while intending to do another. Then you do neither what you said nor what you intended." - Saddam Hussein

"I want you to know that everything I did, I did for my country." - Pol Pot

"We're not perfect, but we do have democracy." - Hugo Chavez

"Democracy means permanent rule!!" - Colonel Gaddafi

"Democracy is the Road to Socialism" - Karl Marx

Thanks to the Libertarian Quotes site, for providing a few new ones and confirming the origins of those I'd already heard.

Take care and I'll catch you soon.


  1. Some of those are quite brilliant!
    It is reassuring to know, at least, that one is not entirely alone.

  2. Yeah, some quotes that made me laugh - thought the perspective of a few dictators would blend in nicely at the end...