- Maxim: A man declares, “The will of the many outweighs the will of the one”—until his is the will of the one.
- Observation: Democracy is “the greatest approximation of the just human society” as long as justice involves indifference—and more to the point, indifference toward the minority.
- Speculation: A dictator dies from old age or assassination, whereas a people dissolves, maybe over many lifetimes, from forgetfulness. For this reason a democracy lasts longer than a kingdom; let us have no illusions about the former being nobler or truer than the latter.
- Experiment: Imagine how differently we would conduct ourselves if our elected officials were chosen by lot and not by vote. Would representatives seek more help in fulfilling their duties? Would we not be more involved and willing to help those who are, in most cases, unfamiliar with the rhetoric of manipulation and exploitation, and who, taken as a whole, might be called “a representation of the people”?