Vox populi

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Vox populi is a Latin phrase that means "voice of the people".


  • Vox populi, vox Dei.
    • The voice of people is the voice of God.
      • Latin proverb

  • Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit.
    • And those people should not be listened to who keep saying the voice of the people is the voice of God, since the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness.
      • Alcuin, Epistle 127 to Charlemagne, c. 800 AD

  • No serious sociologist any longer believes that the voice of the people expresses any divine or specially wise and lofty idea. The voice of the people expresses the mind of the people, and that mind is made up for it by the group leaders in whom it believes and by those persons who understand the manipulation of public opinion. It is composed of inherited prejudices and symbols and clichés and verbal formulas supplied to them by the leaders.

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