"Under universal suffrage, the masses do not decide, their role consists in supporting the decision of one minority or other. It was these who presented their 'programmes'- excellent word. Such programmes were, in fact, programmes of collective life. In them the masses were invited to accept a fine of decision.
"To the last century, then, falls the glory and the responsibility of having let loose upon the area of history the great multitudes."
[Essays, First Series]
[Essays, Second Series]
[Essays, Third Series]
[Essays, Fourth Series]