The Cult of Incompetence

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Author: Émile Faguet
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 46,884 / 146 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.4
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 2,214
Added to site: 2008.12.01
mnybks.net#: 22739
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Essays, Politics

A critique of modern democracy.

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ed his general idea from Aristotle, who remarks not without humour, "Those, who think that they have discovered the basis of good government, are apt to push the consequences of their new found principle too far. They do not remember that disproportion in such matters is fatal. They forget that a nose which varies slightly from the ideal line of beauty appropriate for noses, tending slightly towards becoming a hook or a snub, may still be of fair shape and not disagreeable to the eye, but if the excess be very great, all symmetry is lost, and the nose at last ceases to be a nose at all." This law of proportion holds good with regard to every form of government.

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Starting from these general ideas, I have often wondered what principle democrats have adopted for the form of government which they favour, and it has not required a great effort on my part to arrive at the conclusion that the principle in question is the worship and cultivation, or, briefly 'the cult' of incompetence or ineffi

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