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“As democracy is perfected”

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Another great one from William Gibson‘s blog.

How seldom, in our study of literature, do we come across evidence of a genuine prescience.

"…the larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, the first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide…the force of personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre… The presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people… On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a moron."
–H.L. Mencken, writing in The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

Me again: How many of us have had the chilling feeling of late that things aren’t so much falling apart as perfecting themselves?

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December 1, 2004 at 10:26 pm

Posted in Politics

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