Quotes for: Democracy
Citizens of the democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self defense to protect themselves from manipulation and control.
The real democratic progress is not to lower the level of the elite toward that of the crowd, but to raise that of the crowd toward the elite.
What is most important for democracy is not that great fortunes should not exist, but that great fortunes should not remain in the same hands. In that way there are rich men, but they do not form a class.
There should be, in every polity, a centre of resistance to the predominent power in the constitution - and in a democratic constitution, therefore, a nucleus of resistance to the democracy.
Democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.
The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through.
The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.
Concentration of executive power, unless it's very temporary and for specific circumstances, let's say fighting world war two, it's an assault on democracy.
The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.
In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued - they may be essential to survival.
Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.
Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.
There are two things which a democratic people will always find very difficult - to begin a war and to end it.
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