Quote of the Day 3-1-14 (Plato)

Posted: February 28, 2014 in Philosophy, Politics, Quotations
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Herbert Spencer (27 April 1820 - 8 December 19...

Herbert Spencer (27 April 1820 – 8 December 1903) was an English philosopher. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The subordination of a nation to a man is not a wholesome but a vicious state of things: needful, indeed, for a vicious humanity. The instinct which makes it possible is any thing but a noble one. Call it ‘hero-worship’ and it looks respectable … [I]t has been the parent of countless crimes. It is answerable for the torturing and murder of the noble-minded who would not submit … It has ever been the represser of knowledge, of free thought, of true progress … From ancient warrior-worship to modern flunkeyism, the sentiment has ever been strongest where human nature has been vilest.”

Herbert Spencer, “Representative Government”

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Quoted in The Heretic’s Handbook of Quotations

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