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Quote from Bertrand de Jouvenel,

"La démocracie, telle que nous l'avons pratiquée, centralisatrice, réglementeuse et absolutiste, apparaît donc comme la période d'incubation de la tyrannie."

"Democracy, then, in the centralizing, pattern-making, absolutist shape which we have given to it is, it is clear, the time of tyranny's incubation."


Bertrand de Jouvenel (more quotes by Bertrand de Jouvenel or books by/about Bertrand de Jouvenel)

(1903-1987) French philosopher, political economist, and futurist


Du Pouvoir. Histoire naturelle de sa croissance [1945] (Paris: Hachette, 1972), p. 36; English translation: On Power: The Natural History of Its Growth (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1993), p. 15.


Altruist, Centralization, Democracy, French, Tyranny


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