The evils of democracy and the mob: Quotes from some of the greatest minds in history.

Fisher Ames: “A democracy is a volcano, which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption, and carry desolation in their way.”

John Jay: “Pure democracy, like pure rum, easily produces intoxication, and with it a thousand mad pranks and fooleries.”

Lord Acton: “The one prevailing evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.”

George Washington: “It is one of the evils of democratical governments, that the people, not always seeing and frequently misled, must often feel before they can act.”

Alexander Hamilton: “If we incline too much to democracy, we shall soon shoot into a monarchy.”

Alexander Hamilton: “Real liberty is neither found in despotism, nor in the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.”

James Madison: “Where a majority are united by a common sentiment, and have an opportunity, the rights of the minor party become insecure.”

James Madison: “Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”

Alexis de Tocqueville: “The will of the nation is one of those phrases most widely abused by schemers and tyrants of all ages.”

Cicero: “No tempest or conflagration, however great, is harder to quell than mob carried away by the novelty of power.”

Cicero: “This excessive licence, which the anarchists think is the only true freedom, provides the stock, as it were, from which a tyrant grows.”

Plato: “Is it not the excess and greed of this and the neglect of all other things that revolutionizes this constitution too and prepares the way for the necessity of a dictatorship?”

Plato: “And is it not true that in like manner a leader of the people who, getting control of a docile mob, does not withhold his hand from the shedding of tribal blood, but by the customary unjust accusations brings a citizen into court and assassinates him, blotting out a human life, and with unhallowed tongue and lips that have tasted kindred blood, banishes and slays and hints at the abolition of debts and the partition of lands.”

Plato: “And a democracy, I suppose, comes into being when the poor, winning the victory, put to death some of the other party, drive out others, and grant the rest of the citizens an equal share in both citizenship and offices.”

Plato called democracy “a delightful form of government, anarchic and motley, assigning a kind of equality indiscriminately to equals and unequals alike!”

Polybius: “And hence 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.”

9 responses to “The evils of democracy and the mob: Quotes from some of the greatest minds in history.

  1. Everyone thinks of democracy as the ideal. People like democracy because it supposedly gives everyone a voice. This is not successful government. Successful government is about intelligent management of the country while maintaining fairness through rule of law.

    • I’m reading Cicero now who, learning from Polybius and experience, argues for a mixed constitution–one that balances monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy. The Roman constitution was set up that way and the Founding Fathers established the U.S. to maintain the same balance. (See slideshow from my lecture at

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  4. Now, in 2016, I find this page poignant. Unfortunately, it’s too late.

  5. Democracy rules from the heart (or below the belt) not from the head, but to lead people you must obtain knowledge and knowledge is only stored in one’s mind, memory, in one’s head in simple terms. democracy serves two masters but true leadership serves only one. like a marriage, you are either faithful or unfaithful but faithful requires dedication (complete devotion) and no secrets and no exceptions yet mercy and forgiveness with the wisdom to know when and how to apply them. let’s say it in a more realistic way: Democracy is for those who disobeyed God, who use democracy as a method for gaining god-like powers that were forbidden from these power-hungry types to begin with while the opposite of democracy, a Republic based on God’s intention for laws and such holds the earlier mentioned responsible and accountable for all their behaviors and actions regardless of the time or date on a calender. democracy is for cheating, lying, sore-losing occult criminal spoiled brats who attempt to justify their satanic out-of-control wreckless lifestyles and bad choices while our REPUBLIC of the United States of America has real power/authority (“rights”) to hold the bad guys accountable no matter the excuse or whining of the current liberal democratic party. changing names does not make the bad guy innocent. end of discussion? it’s only a “matter of opinion” or is debatable if you’re trying to hide something on purpose which democrats do routinely.

    • You seriously just wrongly equiparated democracy and republic (types of government), to the Democratic and Republican parties?
      Gosh, what has Trump done to these people’s intelligence

  6. democracy is a weapon of lies and language manipulation like tge old “smoke and mirrors” or “cloak and dagger” bold-faced lying method to justify stupidity, false accusations and other mind-altering word-changing blame-shifting scape-goating attacks used against innocent God-obeying law-abiding people like my family and my bloodline. After all, how else can you get all types of people, rich and poor alike, to help kill the innocent by participation on a volunteer basis? how else can the devil rule the world and get revenge against God or against those who obey God? only the power of Democracy (born from Rome, pagan capital of the world) has that powerful of a delusion and we were warned about this type of mass “hippie-nosis” (hypnosis). re-read the book of Matthew. it’s very “illuminating”.

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