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Jose Ortega y Gasset
1883 - 1955

Spanish essayist and philosopher, professor of metaphysics at the University of Madrid, author of The Revolt of the Masses (1929) and other works

This is the gravest danger that today threatens civilization: State intervention, the absorption of all spontaneous social effort by the State; that is to say, of spontaneous historical action, which in the long-run sustains, nourishes and impels human destinies.

1922 - from Espana Invertebrada
Society is always a dynamic unity of two component factors: minorities and masses. The minorities are individuals or groups of individuals which are specially qualified. The mass is the assemblage of persons not specially qualified. By masses, then, is not to be understood, solely or mainly, "the working masses." The mass is the average man.

1929 - from The Revolt of the Masses
Law is born from despair of human nature.