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Friday, May 26, 2017

"Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few, and the implicit submission with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers. When we inquire by what means this wonder is effected, we shall find that, as Force is always on the side of the governed, the governors have nothing to support them but opinion. It is, therefore, on opinion only that government is founded, and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments as well as to the most free and most popular."

David Hume, Of the First Principles of Government (1758)


Mudpuddle said...

very smart fellow; he was pretty much ostracized for telling the truth, which nobody ever likes to hear...

CyberKitten said...

Very smart..... Only speak truth to power if you don't mind losing your job and possibly moving to another country (at very short notice).