“Nation of sheep, ruled by wolves, owned by pigs”

“To survive in a nation of sheep, ruled by wolves, owned by pigs, you must become a lion”

“A society of sheep will beget a government of wolves” is a saying by French philosopher, political economist, and futurist Bertrand de Jouvenel (1903-1987) from the 1940s.

“NATION OF SHEEP. RULED BY WOLVES. OWNED BY PIGS”, says a button for sale at the front counter, was printed in the Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer on February 25, 1998.

“We’ve become a nation of wolves, ruled by sheep.
Owned by swine, overfed, and put to sleep.
While the media elite declare what to think,
I’ll be wide awake, on the edge, and on the brink.”

“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.” ― Edward R. Murrow

A nation of sheep ruled by wolves will not last because:

  1. contrarian views that may offer a better way forward are suppressed;
  2. the rulers only hear the good things from loyalists who don’t want to rock the boat less they lose their entrenched interests.
  3. the general population focuses on the short term benefits while ignoring the inherent flaws of a system predicated on the assumed “wisdom” and benevolence of the rulers.