Theme: Representative Democracy
"The people flatter themselves that they have the sovereign power. These are, in fact, words without meaning. It is true they elected governors; but how are these elections brought about? In every instance of election by the mass of a people—through the influence of those governors themselves, and by means the most opposite to
- Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee
"Representative democracy betrays the electorate when laws have no roots in the people but in oligarchies."
- Alfred-Maurice de Zayas
"...his unbiased opinion, his mature judgment, his enlightened conscience, he ought not to sacrifice to you, to any man, or to any set of men living. ... Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion"
- Edmund Burke, (on the question of whether MPs should obey the commands of their electorate, or act for the electorate's greater good based on their own judgement)