A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from September 12, 2022
“The problem with democracy is that those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them”

“Those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them” is a saying that has been printed on many images. That is, according to the speaker, someone who needs a leader is weak and is willing to give up civil liberties to another—and is therefore not qualified to choose a leader. Ukrainian-American author, and podcaster Michael Malice has said this since at least 2016.
 
“‘Those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them.’ @michaelmalice” was posted on Twitter by “everything’s a scam” on March 3, 2016. “Those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them. That’s the central problem with democracy” was said by Michael Malice on TomWoodsTV, aired on YouTube on June 10, 2016.
     
“‘The problem with democracy is that those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them’ @michaelmalice has a great point” was posted on Twitter by Great Big Imperium Respecter on October 3, 2020. This longer quote is from Malice’s interview in this YouTube video by Lex Fridman on October 2, 2020. “The problem with democracy is that those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them” was posted on Twitter by Michael Malice on August 7, 2022.
     
“Best @ComicDaveSmith quote: those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them” was posted on Twitter by Winston on May 22, 2019. Dave Smith, a comic and libertarian, also used the saying, but did not coin it.
 
“People who need leaders aren’t fit to choose them” was posted on Facebook by Dom Scarcella on December 5, 2019. “‘People who need leaders aren’t fit to choose them.’ Michael Malice"was posted on X/Twitter by LeRoy S. Douglas on December 7, 2019.
   
   
Wikipedia: Michael Malice
Michael Krechmer (Ukrainian: Майкл Крехмер; born July 12, 1976), better known as Michael Malice, is a Ukrainian-American author, and podcaster. He is the host of “YOUR WELCOME”, a video podcast which airs on Podcast One.
   
Twitter
everything’s a scam
@josh_shepperd
Replying to @MrDavidAngelo
@MrDavidAngelo Those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them. Be it astrophysicist or Bigfoot believers.
1:44 AM · Mar 3, 2016·Twitter for iPhone
   
Twitter
everything’s a scam
@josh_shepperd
“Those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them.” @michaelmalice
#Elections2016 #HillaryVsTrump
2:16 AM · Mar 3, 2016·Twitter for iPhone
   
Twitter
Kurt
@sickleglory
“Those who need leaders, are not qualified to choose them” - Michael Malice
2:53 PM · Mar 18, 2016·Twitter for iPhone
     
YouTube
Voting: Yes or No?
Jun 10, 2016
TomWoodsTV
Michael Malice and I discuss the merits and demerits of voting—a contentious subject among libertarians. Although Michael is wrong as usual, it’s still fun to talk to him. Subscribe to the Tom Woods Show: ...
16:15
“Those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them. That’s the central problem with democracy. You’re asking an average person to have above average intelligence and knowledge, which is also impossible.”
 
Twitter
Tutor Hawk
@Tutor_Hawk
“Those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them.”
-Michael Malice
12:41 PM · Jun 14, 2016·Twitter for Android
   
Twitter
Mike Brancatelli
@mikebranc
“Those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them.” -
@michaelmalice is always great on @ThomasEWoods show
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tom-woods-show/id716825890?mt=2&i=370440905
2:09 PM · Jun 14, 2016·Twitter for iPhone
   
Twitter
♔ Double-Secret Probation Porphyrogenitus ♔
@PorphyCoon
Based @michaelmalice on the @ThomasEWoods show: “Those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them.”
https://youtube.com/watch?v=JVDArGTo2fY&feature=youtu.be
11:13 AM · Jun 26, 2016·Twitter Web Client
   
Twitter
Chad Thayer V
@ChadThayerV
People who need leaders are not qualified to choose those leaders, those who are qualified to select leaders don’t need them
1:30 AM · Jun 30, 2016·Twitter for Android
 
Facebook     
Libertarian Union
March 22, 2018 at 1:24 PM ·
“Those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them.” - Michael Malice
#ChangeMyMind
www.libertarianunion.com
 
Twitter 
Michael Malice
@michaelmalice
Those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them.
This is a central problem of democracy. https://twitter.com/falsesong/status/986715480130977792
This Tweet is unavailable.
5:19 PM · Apr 18, 2018·Twitter Web Client
   
Twitter
Michael Malice
@michaelmalice
Those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them
Quote Tweet
Kurt Schlichter
@KurtSchlichter
·
Aug 18, 2018
We need to end elections because the people choose wrong. twitter.com/IngrahamAngle/…
1:27 AM · Aug 18, 2018·Twitter Web Client
       
Twitter
Winston
@WinstonVane
Best @ComicDaveSmith quote: those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them.
8:11 PM · May 22, 2019·Twitter for Android
 
Facebook
California Libertarian
May 25, 2019 at 10:57 AM ·
“Those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them.” -Michael Malice
   
Facebook
The Intelligent Editor
June 7, 2019 at 7:29 AM ·
“Those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them.”
-Dave Smith
 
Facebook
Dom Scarcella
December 5, 2019 at 4:59 PM“People who need leaders aren’t fit to choose them”
 
X/Twitter
LeRoy S. Douglas
@ImFLYinthebird
“People who need leaders aren’t fit to choose them.”
Michael Malice
6:39 PM · Dec 7, 2019
 
Twitter
Great Big Imperium Respecter
@MightBeGB
“The problem with democracy is that those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them.”
@michaelmalice has a great point.
youtube.com
Michael Malice: Anarchy, Democracy, Libertarianism, Love, and…
Michael Malice is a political thinker, podcaster, and author. Please support this podcast by checking out our sponsors:- SEMrush: https://www.semrush.com/par...
6:56 PM · Oct 3, 2020·Twitter for Android
   
Twitter
Taxation is theft
@less_state_
Lex Friedman: What’s exactly de problem of democracy?
Michael Malice: the problem with democracy is that those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them.
3:24 PM · Oct 6, 2020·Twitter for iPhone
   
Twitter
Thomas Kerbl
@Dementophobia
“The problem with #democracy is, that those of us who need leaders, are not qualified to choose them.”—
@michaelmalice at the @lexfridman podcast
youtube.com
Michael Malice: Anarchy, Democracy, Libertarianism, Love, and…
Michael Malice is a political thinker, podcaster, and author. Please support this podcast by checking out our sponsors:- SEMrush: https://www.semrush.com/par...
6:52 AM · Oct 30, 2020·Twitter Web App
 
Reddit—Quotes
Posted by u/[deleted] November 2, 2020
“The problem with democracy is that those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them” - Michael Malice
A recent politically motivated quote spurred me to recall this interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIk1zUy8ehU
 
Twitter
Michael Malice
@michaelmalice
Replying to @mtaibbi
Those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them
6:39 PM · Jun 9, 2021·Twitter Web App
     
YouTube
MICHAEL MALICE - “Those Who Need Leaders Are Not Qualified To Choose Them” - Michael Malice
May 7, 2022
AnarClips
(“The problem with democracy is that those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them.”—ed.)
 
Twitter
Michael Malice
@michaelmalice
The problem with democracy is that those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them
Quote Tweet
Jjule85 Azzuro
@Jjule85A
·
Aug 7
Replying to @TheCajunLibert1 and @michaelmalice
Problem w Democracy is it’s a pyramid scheme.
Politicians at the top.
Us plebs paying for their BS at the bottom
5:13 PM · Aug 7, 2022·Twitter for Android

X/Twitter
Rothmus 🏴
@Rothmus
(“‘People who need leaders aren’t fit to choose them.’—Michael Malice” is shown on an image.—ed.)
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