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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 187 of the 1976 Liberty Fund edition of Sir Henry Sumner Maine’s profound 1885 volume, Popular Government:

Vox Populi may be Vox Dei, but very little attention shows that there never has been any agreement as to what Vox means or as to what Populus means…. In reality, the devotee of Democracy is much in the same position as the Greeks with their oracles. All agreed that the voice of an oracle was the voice of a god; but everybody allowed that when he spoke he was not as intelligible as might be desired, and nobody was quite sure whether it was safer to go to Delphi or to Dodona.