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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 252 of the late William Riker’s 1982 book, Liberalism Against Populism (link added):

The main defense against populist excesses is the maintenance of the constitutional limitations inherited from eighteenth-century Whiggery.  It would probably help also to have a citizenry aware of the emptiness of the populist interpretation of voting.  And surely a wide dissemination of the discoveries of social choice theory is a desirable additional defense.  But this dissemination of a rather arcane theory is a task for generations.