"Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame."
-- Laurence J. Peter
(1919-1990) Canadian-born educator and "hierarchiologist," best known for the formulation of the 'Peter Principle'
"The principle that the majority have a right to rule the minority,
practically resolves all government into a mere contest between two bodies of men, as to which of them shall be masters, and which of them slaves; a contest, that -- however bloody -- can, in the nature of things, never be finally closed, so long as man refuses to be a slave."
-- Lysander Spooner
(1808-1887) Abolitionist, activist, political theorist
1867 - Source: No Treason, The Constitution of No Authority. (1870)
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the Public Treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the Public Treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy always followed by dictatorship.“ ...
“The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic“, by Alexander Fraser Tyler
"Democracy is a form of government that cannot long survive,
for as soon as the people learn that they have a voice
in the fiscal policies of the government, they will move to vote
for themselves all the money in the treasury, and bankrupt the nation."
-- Karl Marx
"Democracy is a con game, it is a word invented to outplay people, to make them accept a given institution. All institutions sing ‘we are free’. The minute you hear ‘freedom’ or ‘democracy’ – watch out, because in a truly free nation, no one has to tell you that you’re free.”
--- Jacque Fresco
"Democracy is the illusion that my wife and I, combined, have twice the political influence of David Rockefeller."
-- Butler Shaffer, On the Receiving End of Democracy