Doing Without ThemPosted: August 19, 2011
I used to think Ben was a cool dude. Got my doubts now.
Delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia began their deliberations on May 25, 1787. During the hot summer months when their arguments seemed to extend interminably, Benjamin Franklin observed that life went on around them despite their debates. At one point, he “is said to have warned the delegates: ‘Gentlemen, you see that in the anarchy in which we live society manages much as before. Take care, if our disputes last too long, that the people do not come to think they can very easily do without us’.”
I had not heard this before. I’m not a history buff. My reading tends more to Heinlein. I find politics to be an incredibly boring subject, and it always ends badly.
Posted by Dave