I added this quote in the Phrases I like section… but wanted to call it out here.  Received this from a friend* and wanted to share…

Robert Heinlein strikes again.  Yes, this is the same Robert Heinlein whose science fiction novels I’ve been devouring since junior high school.  This quote is from ‘To Sail Beyond the Sunset’, published in 1987.  NRO found and published the quote. BTW, if this prompts you to read Heinlein, don’t start with ‘Sail’.  Start with ‘Starship Troopers’ or ‘Moon is a Harsh Mistress.’  To fully enjoy Sail you need to have read his previous novels.

The America of my time line is a laboratory example of what can happen to democracies, what has eventually happened to all perfect democracies throughout all histories. A perfect democracy, a “warm body” democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction…. [O]nce a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader — the barbarians enter Rome.”  -Robert A. Heinlein

*Ok, it’s my only friend. Just shutup.