Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Fall of Democracy

How much inequality can democracy sustain before people take matters into their own hands? As Aldous Huxley said, "The marble conceals a multitude of sins"; there is lot swept under the rug when we claim the rise of a resurgent India. Before we lay our claim on the world, there are 300 million poor to feed, there is corruption to mend and Thackreys to defeat. Is the Maoist insurgency a signal of things to come.

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship." - Tyler Alexander

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