"The career of a politician mainly consists in making one part of the nation do what it does not want to do, in order to please and satisfy the other part of the nation. It is the prolonged sacrifice of the rights of some persons at the bidding and for the satisfaction of other persons. The ruling idea of the politician - stated rather bluntly - is that those who are opposed to him exist for the purpose of being made to serve his ends, if he can get power enough in his hands to force these ends upon them."
Auberon Herbert
(1838-1906) English writer, theorist, philosopher, 19th century individualist, member of the Parliament of the U.K.
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 -- Francisco Cesar P. Rodrigues, So Paulo - Brazil      
Wow. Couldn't be more spot on.
 -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Woodrow Wilson said, government in it's final analysis is organized force. He was a terrible president but this quote is right on.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    Easy to see.
     -- Cal, lewisville, tx     
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    He who forgets history is doomed to relive it AND, this is a relived fact that has been accurate over, and over, and over, and over . . . again
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Mary-MI      
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