Wednesday, August 01, 2007

David Hume: Prophet of the MSM

Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few; and
the implicit submission, with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to
those of their rulers. When we enquire by what means this wonder is effected, we shall
find, that, as Force is always on the side of the governed, the governors have nothing to support them but opinion. It is therefore, on opinion only that government is founded; and this maxim extends to the most desp otic and military governments, as well as to the most free and most popular.

David Hume, "Of the First Principles of Government," in Essays, Literary, Moral and Political.

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