There is no tyranny so hateful as a vulgar and anonymous tyranny. It is all-permeating, all-thwarting; it blasts every budding novelty and sprig of genius with its omnipresent and fierce stupidity. Such a headless people has the mind of a worm and the claws of a dragon. Anyone would be a hero who should quell the monster.
(George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Vol. 2. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1930, pp. 127–128).