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September 8, 2011

"If there is one fact we really can prove, from the history that we really do know,"

"... it is that despotism can be a development, often a late development and very often indeed the end of societies that have been highly democratic. A despotism may almost be defined as a tired democracy. As fatigue falls on a community, the citizens are less inclined for that eternal vigilance which has truly been called the price of liberty; and they prefer to arm only one single sentinel to watch the city while they sleep. -- G. K. Chesterton

Posted by Vanderleun at September 8, 2011 12:01 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.