"The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern."
Lord Acton
[John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton] (1834-1902), First Baron Acton of Aldenham
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Which leads me back to the idea that we need an administration of managers and statesmen, not a "govern"ment of politicians.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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     -- Mike, Norwalk      
     -- jim k, austin      
    better that no one has the power to control everyone.
     -- Blue     
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    Exactly why the least government is the best government. Let everyone govern their own lives and let them live with the rewards or consequences of their decisions. Let them stand as a lesson to those around them.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    True. Another argument against an uncontrolled direct democracy and political parties.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    That is what checks and balances were to compensate.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    The only truly wholesome rendering of government is Virtue delimited self government, since the principles of the principled take for them their decisions.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    This relates to the question of a ruling class and the notion that is still prevalent in some areas that there is a 'natural hierarchy' as a Baron, Lord Acton would have been well acquainted with this point of view. In general I would agree that there is no ruling class - fitness to govern or lead should be based on other criteria.
     -- Mick, Manchester     
    Lord Acton, one of my favorites.... because they try and turn it into absolute power...
     -- Robert, Somewhere in the USA     
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    Wise individual was Lord Acton. A great deal wiser than a lot of those U.S. representatives now Serving Us Up.
     -- Mary - MI     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    "Government is a disease masquerading as It's own cure". ~L.Neal Smith.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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     -- Mary, MI      
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