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Single Idea 21526

[catalogued under 25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 5. Democracy / a. Nature of democracy]

Full Idea

It is a painful fact that the ordinary voter, at any rate in England, is quite blind to insincerity.

Gist of Idea

Unfortunately ordinary voters can't detect insincerity


Bertrand Russell (Political Ideals [1917], 3)

A Reaction

Gor blimey yes! Well said, Bertie. Even in the age of television, when you can examine them in closeup, people seem to confuse superficial charm with genuine positive convictions. Why are people better at detecting it in private life?

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'Political Ideals' [Spokesman 2007], p.51