September 5, 2012

Wednesday Wisdom

 The good news, to relieve all this gloom, is that a democracy is inherently self-correcting. Here, the people are sovereign. Inept political leaders can be replaced. Foolish policies can be changed. Disastrous mistakes can be reversed.

Theodore Sorenson, political adviser to J.F.K.


  1. Anonymous5:44 PM

    Disastrous mistakes can be reversed.

    Only if you drink enough.


  2. Damn you, Justin!

    Upstaging Wednesday Wisdom(TM), again.

  3. Even in JFK''s time democracy was hardly a guarantee against a disastrous mistake so disastrous it was irreversible. Even less any insurance against some one else's irreversible mistake.

    I'm sure Theodore Sorenson was a domestic policy adviser.

  4. No, democracy is no panacea for anything, but it still beats the other horrors inflicted on entire countries via other models.

    Except when democracy results in fair election of Stalinist or fundamentalist-type rulers. 'Cause we don't like that. No we don't.

    Or when democracy results in Gillard or Abbott. 'Cause we don't like that, either. No we don't.

    Yes, democracy has its limits, as does human intelligence.