Men are never so likely to settle a question rightly as when they discuss it freely.
Nothing is so galling to a people not broken in from birth as a paternal, or, in other words, a meddling government, a government which tells them what to read, and say, and eat, and drink, and wear.
And to say that society ought to be governed by the opinion of the wisest and best, though true, is useless. Whose opinion is to decide who are the wisest and best?
I have long been convinced that institutions purely democratic must, sooner or later, destroy liberty, or civilization, or both.