“Prime ministers and presidents are selected for their proven efficiency as morally uninhibited demagogues…”-Hans-Hermann Hoppe

Prime ministers and presidents are selected for their proven efficiency as morally uninhibited demagogues. Thus, democracy virtually assures that only bad and
dangerous men will ever rise to the top of government17; indeed, as the result of free political competition and selection, those who rise will become increasingly bad and dangerous individuals, yet as temporary and interchangeable caretakers they will only rarely be assassinated.”

17 Politicians, notes H.L. Mencken with his characteristic wit,
seldom if ever get there [into public office] by merit alone, at least in
democratic states. Sometimes, to be sure, it happens, but only by a kind of
miracle. They are chosen normally for quite different reasons, the chief of
which is simply their power to impress and enchant the intellectually
underprivileged …. Will any of them venture to tell the plain truth, the
whole truth and nothing but the truth about the situation of the country,
foreign or domestic? Will any of them refrain from promises that he knows
he can’t fulfill-that no human being could fulfill? Will any of them utter a
word, however obvious, that will alarm and alienate any of the huge pack of
morons who cluster at the public trough, wallowing in the pap that grows
thinner and thinner, hoping against hope? Answer: maybe for a few weeks
at the start. … But not after the issue is fairly joined, and the struggle is on in
earnest …. They will all promise every man, woman and child in the
country whatever he, she or it wants. They’ll all be roving the land looking
for chances to make the rich poor, to remedy the irremediable, to succor the

unsuccorable, to unscramble the unscrambleable, to dephlogisticate the
undephlogisticable. They will all be curing warts by saying words over
them, and paying off the national debt with money that no one will have to
earn. When one of them demonstrates that twice two is five, another will
prove that it is six, six and a half, ten, twenty, n. In brief, they will divest
themselves from their character as sensible, candid and truthful men, and
become simply candidates for office, bent only on collaring votes. They will
all know by then, even supposing that some of them don’t know it now, that
votes are collared under democracy, not by talking sense but by talking
nonsense, and they will apply themselves to the job with a hearty yo-heavehOe Most of them, before the uproar is over, will actually convince themselves. The winner will be whoever promises the most with the least probability of delivering anything. (A Mencken Chrestomathy [New York:Vintage Books, 1982], pp.148-51)

Democracy  The God That Failed-The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy, and Natural Order, pp. 88-89, Hans-Hermann Hoppe

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