"[D]emocracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man's life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few."
John Adams (more quotes by John Adams or books by/about John Adams)
(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President
An Essay on Man's Lust for Power, August 29, 1763
Democracy, Anarchy, Life, Property, Liberty, Security, Subjugate, Morality, Virtue, Intelligence, Power, Wealth, Beauty, Humor, Science, Desire, Cruelty