Chris Meisenzahl reminds us of these perspicacious statements from the founding fathers in the comments section of my recent post:
“Democracy is the most vile form of government…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.”
- James Madison
“Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either [aristocracy or monarchy]. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.”
- John Adams
If Mr. Madison and Mr. Adams were alive today they certainly would each have a quote endorsing Hans-Herman Hoppe’s Democracy: The God That Failed on the back cover of the book.