Quote of the day–Lewis Mumford

The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.

Lewis Mumford
[It seems to me that most people don’t really realize what government is. Some people think of government as a replacement for god(s). Some people think of it as a replacement for parents. These people are wrong and, if they weren’t allowed to vote, their delusions would be mostly harmless. But they enable the ever growing power and danger of governments. I just wish everyone didn’t have to suffer through the lessons of what government really is when so many of us have been trying to explain it, to deaf ears, for so long. But it appears the lesson is coming whether we already knew it or not. I just hope this lesson sticks this time.–Joe]


3 thoughts on “Quote of the day–Lewis Mumford

  1. “I just hope this lesson sticks this time.”

    It’s a nice hope, and I share it, but everything in history tells us it won’t stick.

    When government controls education, lessons like the one you want aren’t taught. It reminds me of something Dennis Miller said– If things turn out OK, we’ll give Obama an “A”. If they don’t, we’ll give George Bush an “F”.

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