Sunny Days in Heaven
Spiritual/Political/Philosophical Blog on the Nature of Truth and Falsehood and Heaven

Saturday, April 24, 2004  

Today's Quote:

There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob.

G. K. Chesterton
(1874 - 1936), "Heretics", 1905

This is an important insight. In essence, every elite behaves like a mob. We are seeing this with the elite judges in court acting as a law unto themselves; and in the academies with professors purging their ranks of conservative dissenters.

You could say the same about the group think that also occurs in an officer corps or a special forces platoon. The difference is that civilian authorities command the military. The officer corps does not have its own head in matters.

The Founding Fathers understood this and attempted to design a government that could obviate such tendencies. The runaway courts, though, have broken down the intended wall which would have kept them circumscribed. Because the courts have ascended, other elites have been able to establish themselves as mobs and little Hitlers in similar fashion. They go unchecked.

The other part important to notice in the quote is that "there are no wise few." The arrogance and hubris of many lead them to believe that rule by some sort of elite is always better than a concensus of the many, or that the multitude resists change because they are dolts, and not because they have common sense which generally asserts that most changes are harmful or inhumane.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 11:47 AM |