— Alexander Bryan Johnson United States philosopher and banker 1786 - 1867
The Philosophical Emperor, a Political Experiment, or, The Progress of a False Position: (1841)
Contexto: His majesty recollected the celebrated quack doctor, who when asked why his patrons were more numerous than those of regular practitioners, replied, that he was patronised by the fools, who are numerous in every community, while regular physicians are patronised by the wise, who are few. His majesty could not see why the principle was not applicable to politics. He resolved to try it. He would so govern as to be patronised by the numerous class, and leave the desires of the few to be regarded by some future emperor, who should choose to make so unpromising an experiment.