Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Quote of the day 9th July 2014

"The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.”

(Carl Sagan)

3 comments:

Jim said...

My favorite quote this week has never been attributed to anyone, but its frightening in its truth.

"War is when your government tell you who the enemy is. Revolution is when you figure it out for yourself."

Chris Whiteside said...

That's a very clever quote.

Of course, while democracy is very far from perfect, its' major advantages include the fact that when people decide, rightly or wrongly, that they want a different government, they don't have to have a revolution to get one.

Of course, a different government doesn't always mean a better government under any system, but at least you have not had to kill lots of people to reah that conclusion.

Jim said...

Very nice reply, but do we have democracy? there is the question.

sure we can select another dictator every five years, but do we have democracy is a different question isn't it.

Democracy stems from the Greek Demos Kratos meaning people power. Thus with out the people there is no power. this means on important decisions like the budget, like if we should bail out the banks or not, or the national policy on something that will affect a lot of people can only be decided by the vote of the majority of the people on that one particular issue.

this is why the country needs "the Harrogate agenda"