Good and Hard

It is one of those Friday mornings.  As such, here is a nugget from H.L. Mencken on Democracy that I hope you enjoy.

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

This comes from A Mencken Chrestomathy.


At least within the monarchy the us/them distinction was very clear.  With democracy, not so much.  And as such the blame is diffused.  Which is why I don’t vote.  I can hear the objections already.  “If you don’t vote, you don’t have the right to complain.”  Absurd.  I think it was Don Boudreaux that likened voting to eating at a restaurant where everyone keeps getting sick.  In reality, the ones that should complain the loudest are the ones that choose to not eat there in the first place.  If you keep going back and keep getting sick, I am not all that interested hearing about the virtues of the restaurant.  I will just stay away until the thing closes down.

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