Nietzsche on Democracy

Beyond Good and Evil 203

We who have a different faith see democracy as a form assumed by political organisation in decay and by man in decay, in the process of becoming mediocre. We need new philosophers who are strong and original enough to make a start on antithetical evaluations and to revalue and reverse 'eternal values' so as to put to an end the domination of chance and nonsense that has up to now been called history in which the nonsense of the 'greater number' is only its latest form. The collective degeneration and diminution of man to the perfect herd animal of equal rights and pretensions is possible and he who has once thought this possibility through to the end knows one more king of disgust than other men do- and perhaps also a new task!