• I am not a 'democrat' only because 'humility' and equality are spiritual principles corrupted by the attempt to mechanize and formalize them, with the result that we get not universal smallness and humility, but universal greatness and pride, till some Orc gets hold of a ring of power--and then we get and are getting slavery.

    J.R.R. Tolkien (2014). “The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien”, p.246, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt