Thursday, 10 September 2009

Today's Truth

"English character and English freedom depend comparatively little on the form which the Constitution assumes at Westminster. A centralised democracy may be as tyrannical as an absolute monarch; and if the vigour of the nation is to continue unimpaired, each individual, each family, each district, must preserve as far as possible its independence, its self-completeness, its powers and its privilege to manage its own affairs and think its own thoughts."

James Anthony Froude - (1818-1894)
British author and historian

Source: Short Studies on Great Subjects - (1872)

1 comment:

  1. "A centralist democracy may be as tyrrannical as an absolute monarch". Though I would agree that in many ways we have an elective dictatorship in the UK, the great advantage of democracy is that we can change the elected dictator every few years, which prevents them going mad with power, as tends to happen with dictators-for-life.