Friday, August 27, 2010

Hayek on democracy

“Egalitarianism is of course not a majority view but a product of the necessity under unlimited democracy to solicit the support even of the worst…. It is by the slogan that ‘it is not your fault’ that the demagoguery of unlimited democracy, assisted by a scientistic psychology, has come to the support of those who claim a share in the wealth of our society without submitting to the discipline to which it is due. It is not by conceding ‘a right to equal concern and respect’ to those who break the code that civilization is maintained…”

I have the book with me but not right now, will try to see what continue after the above paragraph.

(HT to cafehayek)

See here for more on the original post by DeLong.

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