I was browsing The Great Quotations and came upon several quotations that strike me as especially apt today.
The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny. (Edmund Burke)
The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence. (Adolf Hitler)
All social disturbances and upheavals have their roots in crises of individual self-esteem, and the great endeavor in which the masses most readily unite is basically a search for pride. (Eric Hoffer)
The dictatorship of the proletariat is nothing else than power based upon force and limited by nothing — by no law and absolutely no rule. (V.I. Lenin)
Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe. (Theodore Roosevelt)
The mass never comes up to the standard of its best member, but on the contrary degrades itself to the level of the lowest. (Henry David Thoreau)