Unbounded hopes were placed on each successive extension of the electoral franchise, culminating in the enfranchisement of women. These hopes have been disappointed, because the voters, male and female, being politically untrained and uneducated, have (a) no grasp of constructive measures; (b) loathe taxation as such; (c) dislike being governed at all; and (d) dread and resent any extension of official interference as an encroachment on their personal liberty.
George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. First published in the Encyclopaedia Britannica, 14th ed. (1929). Socialism: Principles and Outlook, Shavian Tract No. 4, The Illusions of Socialism and Socialism: Principles and Outlook (November 1956).