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“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 anything but a noble one. Call it ‘hero worship’ and it looks respectable . . . From ancient warrior-worship down to modern flunkeyism, the sentiment has ever been strongest where human nature has been vilest.”

–Herbert Spencer, “Representative Government”


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“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 anything but a noble one. Call it ‘hero worship’ and it looks respectable . . . From ancient warrior-worship down to modern flunkeyism, the sentiment has ever been strongest where human nature has been vilest.”

–Herbert Spencer, “Representative Government”


Herbert Spencer“By no process can coercion be made equitable. The freest form of government is only the least objectionable form. The rule of the many by the few, we call tyranny. The rule of the few by the many (democracy) is tyranny also, only of a less intense kind. ‘You shall do as we will, not as you will,’ is in either case the declaration.”

–Herbert Spencer, The Right to Ignore the State


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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