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Daily Archives: August 16, 2011

Today’s quote

‘Bread and Circuses’ is the cancer of democracy, the fatal disease for which there is no cure. Democracy often works beautifully at first. But once a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader—the barbarians enter Rome.” – Robert A. Heinlein

There’s a reason that voters were, in the Original Plans, supposed to either be earning money or be property owners. Everyone else is along for the ride and only the people who own the car or who are buying gas should be responsible for deciding the direction of travel – which, presumably, should not be toward the bakery or the circus.