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Citizens of the democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self defense to protect themselves from manipulation and control. ”
Noam Chomsky
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My political ideal is democracy. Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.”
Albert Einstein - The World as I See It
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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.”
Gustave Le Bon - Hier et demain. Pensées brèves
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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.”
Alexis de Tocqueville
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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.”
John Stuart Mill
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Propaganda is to democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.”
Noam Chomsky
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Democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”
Winston Churchill
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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.”
Aristotle
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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.”
Alexis de Tocqueville
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The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.”
Alexis de Tocqueville
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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.”
Noam Chomsky
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The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.”
Mahatma Gandhi
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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.”
Noam Chomsky
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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.”
Alexis de Tocqueville
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