Thursday, November 22, 2012

Truth From Oscar Wilde...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty
-vs- Tyranny


The foregoing quote by Oscar Wild sums up democracy quite well. Of course this is precisely why our founders established a representative democracy and provided for the rule of law. Indeed we have much to thank them for. It remains to be seen however whether we will keep our republic for much longer, given the political and government proclivities of both major political parties.
"Democracy means simply the bludgeoning
of the people by the people for the people."


4 comments:

  1. Oscar Wilde also said, "Whatever is popular is wrong."

    I've always loved that, because I can't help but agree with it.

    The concepts of high and low culture, good and bad taste, aristocracy and the peasantry are scorned today, but the truth remains that once the mechanism is put in place for the will of "The Vulgar Populace" to determine public policy, you get the maddening absurdity we are forced to live with today.

    Call me a snob, if you will, but I do not believe in egalitarianism in the sense that it nothing more than the equivalent of populism.

    On this Thanksgiving evening, I give thanks for the cultural talismans in Music, Art, Architecture, Literature, Philosophy and Religion that indicate that Something finer, nobler, more magnanimous, more intriguing, more merciful and more motivating than the mere desire to acquire more and more "bread" accounts for the best that civilized societies past and present have to offer.

    May God forever bless, Ingenuity, Integrity, Industriousness and the quest for Immortality through greater Understanding.

    ~ FreeThinke

    ~ FreeThinke

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  2. Nietzsche's "the herd" obviously comes to mind as well.

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  3. That's a good quote, and as The Founders become smaller and smaller in our collective rearview mirror, we'll see Oscar's quote come to life.

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