Friedrich Nietzsche, Untimely Meditations
III (Schopenhauer as Educator
), tr. R.J. Hollingdale:
How reluctant later generations will be to have anything to do with the relics of an era ruled, not by living men, but by pseudo-men dominated by public opinion; for which reason our age may be to some distant posterity the darkest and least known, because least human, portion of human history.
If true in 1874, how much more true in 2005, when the smallest actions of rulers are dictated by public opinion polls and focus groups.