Monty Pelerin was on again, that pseudonymous sage of economic and political wit. While he’s got a few years on yours truly, he’s only voted in one election that he can remember, and he’s rather upset that he had that breakdown in judgment. Fortunately, he’s never repeated that lapse in judgment again. We also talked about that source of universal political wisdom H.L. Mencken. Here’s a few noteworthy quotes.
- A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
- Democracy is a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.
- Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
- Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
- Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.
- I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.
- On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
- If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.
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