Friedrich Nietzsche, The Wanderer and His Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten).

The Wanderer and his Shadow, the second supplement to Human, All Too Human, first published in 1880.

  

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Goal and Means of Democracy.  Democracy tries to create and guarantee independence for as many as possible in their opinions, way of life, and occupation.  For this purpose democracy must withhold the political suffrage both from those who have nothing and from those who are really rich, as being the two intolerable classes of men.  At the removal of these classes it must always work, because they are continually calling its task in question.  In the same way democracy must prevent all measures that seem to aim at party organisation.  For the three great foes of independence, in that threefold sense, are the have-nots, the rich, and the parties.  I speak of democracy as of a thing to come.  What at present goes by that name is distinguished from older forms of government only by the fact that it drives with new horses; the roads and the wheels are the same as of yore.  Has the danger really become less with these conveyances of the commonwealth?  
 

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