Universal symptoms, visible in all nations, show us the rapid growth of the
power of crowds, and do not admit of our supposing that it is destined to cease
growing at an early date. Whatever fate it may reserve for us, we shall have to
submit to it. All reasoning against it is a mere vain war of words. Certainly it
is possible that the advent to power of the masses marks one of the last stages
of Western civilisation, a complete return to those periods of confused anarchy
which seem always destined to precede the birth of every new society. But may
this result be prevented?