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- "... anarchy leads to despotism ... despotism leads to anarchy ..."
- "Clearly, a civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself."
- "It is unlikely that we will ever be capable of building a world that is qualitatively better than we ourselves are."
- Democracy against Itself
- "A human group transforms itself into a crowd when it suddenly responds to a suggestion rather than to reasoning, to an image rather than to an idea, to an affirmation rather than to proof, to the repetition of a phrase rather than to arguments, to prestige rather than to competence"