American Consequences - October 2017


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“We are forming an aristocracy... in this country... which floats over the turbid waves of common life like the iridescent film you may have seen spreading over the water about our wharves, – very splendid, though it origin may have been tar.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table “Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.” Kin Hubbard, cartoonist for the Indianapolis News “Seemingly from the dawn of man all nations have had governments; and all nations have been ashamed of them. Government does not rest on force. Government is force. There is one element that must always tend to oligarchy – or rather to despotism; I mean the element of hurry. If the house has caught fire a man must ring up the fire engines; a committee cannot ring them up.” G. K. Chesterton, What’s WrongWith the World

“To be conservative... is to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the untried, fact to mystery, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, the sufficient to the superabundant, the convenient to the perfect, present laughter to utopian bliss.” Michael Oakeshott, Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics, Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays “After lunch studied, in the Mercury, Bertrand Russell’s blueprint for an enduring peace. He advocates an alliance or league. The weakness of this sort of structure of course is that the whole thing hangs on an agreement, and there is nothing more likely to start disagreement among people or countries than an agreement.” E. B. White, One Man’s Meat “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury.” attributed to 18th century Scottish jurist and historian Alexander Tytler

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” H. L. Mencken, Notes on Democracy

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