Government by the people of merit

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“Democracy basically means government by the people… but the people are retarded. So let us say: government by the retarded, for the retarded, of the retarded,” states Osho.

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Democracy is not the highest goal. It is better than dictatorial regimes, it is better than monarchies, but it is not the end of the journey – because democracy basically means government by the people, of the people, for the people, but the people are retarded. So let us say: government by the retarded, for the retarded, of the retarded.

Democracy cannot be the highest possibility man can attain. It is good in comparison to other forms of government that have preceded it, but not something that can succeed it. I call that meritocracy. I want a government by the people of merit. And merit is a very rare quality.

Osho, From Bondage to Freedom, Ch 31, Q 2 (excerpt)

 

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