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Thursday, October 23, 2008

"...bread and circuses without limit"

In the midst of this post, there is a quote from Heinlein that capsulizes my fears about where we're going. From 'To Sail Beyond the Sunset':
The America of my time line is a laboratory example of what can happen to democracies, what has eventually happened to all perfect democracies throughout all histories. A perfect democracy, a "warm body" democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction.... [O]nce 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.
It should be noted that the Republican plans for a permanent majority rested along the same lines of 'bread and circuses'. This country is in serious need of a major party that believes in limited government.


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