Quotes: Democracy Is Bad

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    Comic Books 
You want to know about voting. I'm here to tell you about voting.

Imagine you're locked in a huge underground nightclub filled with sinners, whores, freaks and unnameable things that rape pitbulls for fun. And you ain't allowed out until you all vote on what you're going to do tonight.

You like to put your feet up and watch
Republican Party Reservation. They like to have sex with normal people using knives, guns, and brand new sexual organs you did not even know existed.

So you vote for television, and everyone else, as far as your eye can see, votes to fuck you with switchblades.

That's voting. You're welcome.
Spider Jerusalem, Transmetropolitan

"Democracy. Let's look at it another way. We had an election. Only 57 percent of electors even bothered to vote. Over half of them voted for candidates who did not get elected — so we're down to 28 percent. Following me? The ruling party came in with a third of what was left — that's 9 percent, give or take. They're kept in power by an assortment of fringe parties and independents — throw them a few crumbs and they'll do what they're told, so they don't count. So when you come down to it, only one citizen in ten actually wants the government they elected. And most of them don't even know what they voted for. That's the way it is. That's the way it's always been, right down through the ages. Democracy? Power to the people? Don't kid yourselves."

    Fan Fiction 
"And so we are all equally dissatisfied. Democracy at its finest."
Marluxia, in Ch. 70 of The Renegades

    Literature 
"What kind of man would put a known criminal in charge of a major branch of government? Apart from, say, the average voter."

Noyock: I know that you've been telling the children that Jason shouldn't choose the Mayor, that everyone ought to vote on it.
Stipock: Yes, I've said that.
Noyock: I've been giving that a lot of thought. And it occurs to me that if we did that, we'd usually choose someone that we liked. The trouble is, the Mayor has to make a lot of decisions that no one likes. Then no one will want him to be Mayor anymore, and so we'd either keep changing Mayors or we'd choose Mayors who govern very badly but never offend anybody. Now, before you start arguing with me, Stipock, let me tell you that those are just my thoughts of the moment, and I wonder if you'd be kind enough to think about them at least as long as I thought about your ideas before trying to answer them.
Orson Scott Card, The Worthing Saga

"I suspect that democracy is not viable in a technologically advanced society. Free people wield too much ability to destroy."
Daniel Suarez, Daemon

"What I want to fix your attention on is the vast, overall movement towards the discrediting, and finally the elimination, of every kind of human excellence—moral, cultural, social, or intellectual. And is it not pretty how "democracy" (in the incantatory sense) is now doing for us the work that was once done by the most ancient Dictatorships, and by the same methods? You remember how one of the Greek Dictators (they called them "tyrants" then) sent an envoy to another Dictator to ask his advice about the principles of government. The second Dictator led the envoy into a field of corn, and there he snicked off with his cane the top of any stalk that rose an inch or so above the general level. The moral was plain. Allow no preeminence among your subjects. Let no man live who is wiser, or better, or more famous, or even handsomer than the mass. Cut them all down to a level; all slaves, all ciphers, all nobodies. All equals. Thus tyrants could practise, in a sense, "democracy". But now "democracy" can do the same work without any other tyranny than her own. No one need now go through the field with a cane. The little stalks will now of themselves bite the tops off the big ones. The big ones are beginning to bite their own in their desire to Be Like Stalks.

"Hitherto I have seen democracy as the corner stone of my new world. But today and with the world, I see myself drifting logically and inevitably toward oligarchy."
Matthew Downs, Dark Princess (1929)

Young Joe: What is democracy?
Father: Well, it's never bright clear on myself. Like any other kind of government, it's got something to do with young men killing each other, I believe.

"I assure you from a God’s Olympian perch that government is a shared myth. When the myth dies, the government dies."
Leto Atreides II, God-Emperor of Dune

"Giving power to the inferior components of a nation could only produce inferior results. Those mediocre and substandard minds-uneducated, self-centred, avaricious, prejudiced, chauvinistically patriotic—would ultimately bring about the downfall of their society."
Alizome Tor Fel-A, in Star Trek: Typhon Pact — Rough Beasts of Empire

"Democracy is a poor system of government at best; the only thing that can honestly be said in its favor is that it is about eight times as good as any other method the human race has ever tried. Democracy's worst fault is that its leaders are likely to reflect the faults and virtues of their constituents - at a depressingly low level."
Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

    Theatre 
They may sit here for years and years in Philadelphia
These indecisive grenadiers of Philadelphia
They can't agree on what is right and wrong
Or what is good or bad; I'm convinced
The only purpose this Congress ever had
Was to gather here specifically
To
DRIVE JOHN ADAMS MAD!
John Adams, 1776

    Video Games 
"Democracy only works when you agree with it. Then it's best to favor a totalitarian state!"
I Say, You Say, GTA Radio

"Democracy is the first cousin of anarchy."
Chairman Shen-Ji Yang of the Human Hive, Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri

Shepard: Do the geth have a government?
Legion: Not as you understand. We are all geth. We build consensus.
Shepard: Most governments do.
Legion: Organic governments impose consensus. From a single point of view in autocracies. By codifying the most broadly accepted average of views in democracies.

"Democracy is a poor system of government at best; the only thing that can honestly be said in its favor is that it is about eight times as good as any other method the human race has ever tried. Democracy's worst fault is that its leaders are likely to reflect the faults and virtues of their constituents - at a depressingly low level."
Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

"If you want to see the fate of democracies, look out the windows."
Robert House, Fallout: New Vegas

    Western Animation 
"I've said it before I'll say it again. Democracy simply doesn't work."
Kent Brockman, The Simpsons

    Web Original 
''"The problem: one who has freedom is free to take away another's freedom, and, because of man's nature, is inclined to."

"It really is kind of amazing how corrupt this Space Democracy is. It's quite shocking how they can't put something so big to good use. I guess size really doesn't matter. But his topic is a little too tight right now. I'll get deeper into that later. (ahem) I said, I'll get deeper into that later." (deafening silence)

"Of all my master schemes to take over the world—the thousands I killed with my army of robotic suicide squirrels, the millions I spent trying to kill you all with Push n' Eat macaroni in a tube, my even-as-of-yet uncompleted orbital death ray—and all I had to do was run for president?! NYAHAHAHAHAH!! I wasn't really even taking all this all that seriously! I even used my real name! You voted for a guy named Dr. Insano! My election platform was to build a giant robot sawblade that would cut Canada off the top and then attach it to Australia so they wouldn't bother us anymore! My vice president is Fu Manchu! What the hell is wrong with you people?!
Noah "The Spoony One" Antwiler as Dr. Insano

"One of the constituents protests, 'Listen, we pay our percentages. We’re entitled to a little service for our money.' That is how the system works. 'We pay our percentages and the boss takes care of us.' This protection racket appears to be taxation in all but name. Sigma Iota II has built a system of government based on organised crime, and it looks a lot like representative democracy.
Darren Mooney on Star Trek: The Original Series ("A Piece of the Action")

Mr. Yagami: Anytime Matsuda says over three words we slap him, all in favor?
Matsuda: Wait, that's not fair! [Slap]

    Real Life 
"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."

"From this view of the subject it may be concluded that a pure democracy, by which I mean a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person, can admit of no cure for the mischiefs of faction. A common passion or interest will, in almost every case, be felt by a majority of the whole; a communication and concert result from the form of government itself; and there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party or an obnoxious individual. Hence it is that such 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, Federalist Paper #10

"When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic."

"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."

"Envy is the basis of democracy."
Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness, VI, 1930

"The larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand, and the force of personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre—the man who can most easily adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum... The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

"I do not admire 'the people,' as such. No one really does. Their folk wisdom is usually false, their instincts predatory. Even their sense of survival — so highly developed in the individual — goes berserk in the mass. A crowd is a fool."
Gore Vidal, Playboy 1969

"Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy. You in America will see that someday."

"Democracy is necessarily despotism, as it establishes an executive power contrary to the general will; all being able to decide against one whose opinion may differ, the will of all is therefore not that of all: which is contradictory and opposite to liberty."
Immanuel Kant, Perpetual Peace, II, 1795

"Democracy is nothing but the Tyranny of Majorities, the most abominable tyranny of all, for it is not based on the authority of a religion, not upon the nobility of a race, not on the merits of talents and of riches. It merely rests upon numbers and hides behind the name of the people."
Pierre J. Proudhon, founder of Anarchism

"One-man-one-vote combined with 'free entry' into government—democracy–-implies that every person and his personal property comes within reach of—and is up for grabs by—everyone else: a "tragedy of the commons" is created."
Hans-Hermann Hoppe

If Voting Changed Anything They'd Abolish It
Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London 2000-2008, published an autobiography-cum-political tract in 1988 with this title. ISBN 9780006373353 (also attributed to Emma Goldman)

"'Democratic' decision making is a means for finding and implementing the will of the majority; it has no other function. It serves, not to encourage diversity, but to prevent it."
David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom, 88

"Democratic law does not say, 'Thou shalt not kill'. Instead, it designates certain people who have the right to kill—soldiers and State police. Democratic law does not order, 'Thou shalt not steal'. It says that only certain people have the right to steal—tax and customs agents. What does 'power to the people' mean when the people enjoy fewer rights than their supposed servants?"
Christian Michel

"Gang rape, after all, is democracy in action."

"The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid."
Art Spander