Den 14. september er det Stortingsvalg. Her feirer vi med noen sitater:
A democracy is nothing more than an angry mob, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.
– Thomas Jefferson
Democracy is a very admirable form of government — for dogs
– Edgar Allan Poe
But now well democracy has shown us that what is evil are the grosses têtes, the big heads, all big heads are greedy for money and power, they are ambitious that is the reason they are big heads and so they are at the head of the government and the result is misery for the people. They talk about cutting off the heads of the grosses têtes but now we know that there will be other grosses têtes and the will be all the same.
– Gertrude Stein
Democracy is necessarily despotism, as it establishes an executive power contrary to the general will; all being able to decide against one whose opinion may differ, the will of all is therefore not that of all: which is contradictory and opposite to liberty.
– Immanuel Kant
Democracy is nothing but the Tyranny of Majorities, the most abominable tyranny of all, for it is not based on the authority of a religion, not upon the nobility of a race, not on the merits of talents and of riches. It merely rests upon numbers and hides behind the name of the people.
Envy is the basis of democracy.
– Bertrand Russell
Til slutt litt Douglas Adams:
«It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see…»
«You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?»
«No», said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, «nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.»
«Odd», said Arthur, «I thought you said it was a democracy.»
«I did», said Ford. «It is.»
«So», said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, «why don’t the people get rid of the lizards?»
«It honestly doesn’t occur to them», said Ford. «They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.»
«You mean they actually vote for the lizards?»
«Oh yes», said Ford with a shrug, «of course».
«But», said Arthur, going for the big one again, «why?»
«Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,» said Ford, «the wrong lizard might get in.
– Adams, Douglas, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish
HAPPY VOTING FOLKS! Hasta la victoria siempre! Osv.