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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The nature of power

Political public speakerPower is always held by a minority.

It is in the nature of things, of human beings, of human societies.

Democracy has been created just to limit and moderate the consequences of this, but it cannot overturn it.

Majorities are not suitable for command. First of all, the average intelligence of a great mass of human beings will never be as high as that of an elite. Secondly, a large number of people is unlikely to share the same views beyond obvious aspects of agreement, so there will be factors of internal division. Thirdly, there is an element
of amorphousness in a mass of people. It is perhaps well expressed by the terms “silent majority”. It’s uncharacteristic and unlikely that a great number of people will be determined at the unison towards any given objective, whereas a minority can be very resolute and belligerent.

I would compare a majority to a ball of paper, and a minority (or elite minority) to a sharp point of a knife or sword.

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