Monday, May 7, 2012

Greece Election: 'All hell has broken loose'

The BBC reports:
The people of Greece have declared in the elections yesterday that they've had enough of the old politics and the old parties, and they've had enough of austerity. 
Greek columnist Stephanos Kassimatis believes that it is "practically impossible" for the communist party to form a coalition with the radical left wing party Syriza. "All hell will now break loose" he declares. 
This will be a "circus" run by "madmen" not a parliament, Mr Kassimatis says. People with a "serious" background have not been elected, he adds.
In other words, H.L. Mencken proved correct once again:
 Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey-cage.


  1. "This will be a "circus" run by "madmen" not a parliament..."

    Madness is thinking that the two are somehow different.

  2. This Mencken line also comes to mind:

    "Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance."

  3. Another "Democracy is the worship of jackals by jackasses."

    It makes no sense why people equate democracy with freedom these days. It's just mob rule.

  4. “The higher the wisdom the more incomprehensible does it become by ignorance. It is a manifest fact that the popular man or writer, is always one who is but little in advance of the mass, and consequently understandable by them: never the man who is far in advance of them and out of their sight… So that, even were electors content to choose the man proved by general evidence to be the most far-seeing…there would be small chance of their hitting on the best… Their deputy will be truly representative;—representative, that is, of the average stupidity.” – Herbert Spencer