DEMOCRACY

From the Danish philosopher and mathematician Piet Hein:

His party was the Brotherhood of Brothers, and there were more of them than of the others.

That is, they constituted that minority which formed the greater part of the majority. 

Within the party, he was of the faction that was supported by the greater fraction.

And in each group, within each group, he sought the group that could command the most support. 

The final group had finally elected a triumvirate whom they all respected.

 Now, of these three, two had the final word, because the two could overrule the third.

One of these two was relatively weak, so one alone stood at the final peak.

He was: THE GREATER NUMBER of the pair which formed the most part of the three that were elected by the most of those whose boast it was to represent the most of the most of most of most of the entire state — or of the most of it at any rate.

He never gave himself a moment’s slumber but sought the welfare of the greater number.

And all people, everywhere they went, knew to their cost exactly what it meant to be dictated to by the majority. 

But that meant nothing, — they were the minority.

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