Decline in Democratic government

‘The average citizen, trying to hold a footing in standards of morality and conduct he once believed in, is daily knocked over by incoming waves of venality, vulgarity, irresponsibility, ignorance, ugliness and trash in all senses of the word. Our government collaborates abroad with the worst enemies of humanity and liberty. It wastes our substance on useless proliferation of military hardware than can never buy security no matter how high the pile. It learns no lessons, employs no wisdom and corrupts all who succumbs to Potomac fever [ie political office]’

Barbara Tuchman in ‘Practising History’

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