Warriors 1st Grader
- Sep 1, 2015
I have been told this is a good read.
It doesn't relate directly to Donald Trump so I am going away from that thread.
Democracy as a theory has been rubbished by philosophers such as Socrates, who said it was government by mediocrity, and Alexander Solzhenitzyn who said the best form of government is a benevolent dictator.
Many facist types see democracy as an inferior form of government to authoritarianism. Hence we have the most popular cable anchor in the USA travelling to Hungary to heap praise on a corrupt authoritarian grifter as an example for the USA.
Sir Alec Issigonis, designer of the original Mini in 1959, famously said, “a camel is a horse designed by committee.” As much as I detested Eric Watson, if the club was run by a members group it would probably have been just as bad.
Just look at how inefficient elected local bodies are compared with well run private companies.
However, the reason the founding fathers promoted democracy was not so much as to find the best government, but to be able to get rid of a bad one. Power corrupts, so they all turn bad eventually.
When Benjamin Franklin was asked after a session of the Constitutional Convention, ""What kind of a government have you given us? "" he replied,
""A democracy, if you can keep it.