“There is perhaps a special danger in democratic abuses of power, namely that being collective they are stimulated by mass hysteria. The man who has the art of arousing the witch-hunting instincts of the mob has a quite peculiar power for evil in a democracy where the habit of the exercise of power by the majority has produced that intoxication and impulse to tyranny which the exercise of authority almost invariably produces sooner or later.”

– Bertrand Russell, Freedom and the Colleges