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Alarms And Discursions
by G. K. Chesterton
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1911. G.K. Chesterton was a journalist, poet, novelist, playwright, debater, and Catholic apologist in the early twentieth century. Alarms and Discursions is a collection of his essays. Partial Contents: The Fading Fireworks; On Gargoyles; The Nightmare; A Drama of Dolls; The Appetite; Cheese; The Furrows; The Futurists; The Glory of Grey; The Anarchist; The Three Kinds of Men; The Wheel; The Flat Freak; The Garden of the Sea; The High Plains; and A Romance of the Marshes. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
When a man says that democracy is false because most people are stupid, there are several courses which the philosopher may pursue. The most obvious is to hit him smartly and with precision on the exact tip of the nose. But if you have scruples (moral or physical) about this course, you may proceed to employ Reason, which in this case has all the savage solidity of a blow with the fist. It is stupid to say that "most people" are stupid. It is like saying "most people are tall," when it is obvious that "tall" can only mean taller than most people. It is absurd to denounce the majority of mankind as below the average of mankind.
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