One of the things that really bothers me is that Americans don’t have any sense of history. The majority of Americans don’t have any idea of where we’ve come from, so they naturally succumb to the kind of cliche version that Ronald Reagan represented.
There is little doubt that the majority of Mr. Mill’s supporters in 1865 did not know what his political opinions were, and that they voted for him simply on his reputation as a great thinker.
In a high school, the norms act to hold down the achievements of those who are above average, so that the school’s demands will be at a level easily maintained by the majority.
In no other country in the world is the love of property keener or more alert than in the United States, and nowhere else does the majority display less inclination toward doctrines which in any way threaten the way property is owned.
The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite.
Congress hasn’t declared war on the countries – the majority of them are our allies – but without asking for public permission, NSA is running network operations against them that affect millions of innocent people. And for what? So we can have secret access to a computer in a country we’re not even fighting?
I think I’m in the majority of Americans. I believe that I am in the mainstream of middle America.
The unphilosophical majority among men are the ones most helplessly dependent on their era’s dominant ideas.
The majority is always wrong; the minority is rarely right.
In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.