The trouble with democracy

The trouble with democracy is that a majority of the people can be misled as to what is in their best interests.

The trouble with the alternatives to democracy is that a ruling minority usually understands all too well what is in their best interests.

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2 Responses to “The trouble with democracy”

  1. Jens Oliver Meiert Says:

    Now, does it make a difference when a ruling minority is also misled about their interests?


    • philebersole Says:

      One of my favorite quotes from Bertrand Russell:

      It may be laid down as a general rule to which there are few exceptions that, when people are mistaken as to what is to their own interest, the course that they believe to be wise is more harmful to others than the course that really is wise.
      ==Skeptical Essays, 1928


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