Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Quote of the Month

Writes “Deogolwulf” at his eloquent weblog The Joy of Curmudgeonry in an exceptionally well-phrased post:

Democracy, in order to appeal, must whisper to every man a fundamentally undemocratic falsehood: that he can choose his government. Therein lies a confusion of democratic thought: the confusion of the power of the people with the liberty of the person. When a man says he is free under a democracy because he can choose his government, already the falsehood is fully grown. He cannot do any such thing. He is given a say in how his country is to be governed, but this degree of power is so tiny as to be almost non-existent; and yet for this, he is willing to give up his fate to an overwhelming power, and he calls his subjection to this power — freedom!


Deogolwulf said...

Thank you very much, Mr Baltzersen.

J.K. Baltzersen said...


It is my pleasure, and you who is to be thanked for such a fine and excellent post.