The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.

Apparently George Will recently said this on a talking-heads TV show:

Surely in a democracy, it’s time for us to quit being sentimental, and say the question we settle in an election is not whether an elite shall rule but which elite shall rule.

Personally, I quit being sentimental long time ago; my only regret is that neither one of the two elites would allow the above view to be expressed as openly and frequently as it deserves to be.

Well, but perhaps there is a chance that reputable Mr. Will is going to get mad and turn into some sort of Howard Beale character?


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