The quality measure of a city (country) is what it does with its referendum.
-- a philosopher
A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
Yes, he said; but what are the characteristics of this form of government, and what are the defects of which we were speaking?
First of all, I said, consider the nature of the qualification just think what would happen if pilots were to be chosen according to their property, and a poor man were refused permission to steer, even though he were a better pilot?
-- The republic, Plato