Some perspective on the angry mobs in Wisconsin

It is being reported that angry mobs have taken over the Capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin. I am reminded of the famous George Santayana quote: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” So I’ve been tweeting about it, trying to give some perspective on the broader historical and political ramifications. Here are my tweets, as is:

  • Message to the unions & those who still believe they are forces for good: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
  • Motto for the angry mobs in #Wisconsin: “We are bound by no laws. There are no fortresses which Bolsheviks cannot storm.” ~ Stalin #walker
  • Polybius was right “Democracy comes into being; and in due course the licence and lawlessness of this form of government produces mob-rule.”
  • More Polybius: “When by their foolish thirst for reputation they have created among the masses an appetite for gifts and the habit of receiving them, democracy in its turn is abolished and changes into a rule of force and violence. For the people, having grown accustomed to feed at the expense of others and to depend for their livelihood on the property of others, as soon as they find a leader who is enterprising but is excluded from the houses of office by his penury, institute the rule of violence; and now uniting their forces massacre, banish, and plunder, until they degenerate again into perfect savages and find once more a master and monarch.”

One response to “Some perspective on the angry mobs in Wisconsin

  1. Timely words. I appreciate reading them. Thanks.

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