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Alexander Meiklejohn Quotes

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Democracy is the art of thinking independently together.
- Alexander Meiklejohn

Whatever the immediate gains and losses,
the dangers to our safety arising from political suppression
are always greater than the dangers to the safety resulting from political freedom.
Suppression is always foolish.
Freedom is always wise.
- Alexander Meiklejohn

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions -
it only guarantees equality of opportunity.
- Irving Kristol

In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.
- J. William Fulbright

 

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property,
are the rulers.
- Aristotle

A healthy democracy requires a decent society;
it requires that we are honorable,
generous, tolerant and respectful.
- Charles W. Pickering

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Every government is a parliament of whores.
The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
- P. J. O'Rourke

Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy
than to imprison a person
or keep him in prison because he is unpopular.
This is really the test of civilization.
- Winston Churchill

As I would not be a slave,
so I would not be a master.
This expresses my idea of democracy.
- Abraham Lincoln

Reading builds the educated and informed electorate
so vital to our democracy.
- Brad Henry

When we talk about democracy, if the people's
stomach is empty, democracy is also empty.
Democracy can not be installed by fiat;
it must be achieved by the people themselves.
- Jimmy Yen

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some,
are chiefly to be found in democracy,
they will be best attained when all persons alike share
in government to the utmost.
- Aristotle

Information is the currency of democracy.
- Thomas Jefferson

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government,
except all the others that have been tried.
- Winston Churchill

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections
are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
- Gore Vidal

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule,
where fifty-one percent of the people
may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.
- attributed to Thomas Jefferson

The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing
to be adjusted by abolition of forms.
It requires change of heart.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The flood of money that gushes into politics today
is a pollution of democracy.
- Theodore White

The best argument against democracy is
a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
- Winston Churchill

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than
half of the people are right more than half of the time.
- E. B. White

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
- John F. Kennedy

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
- H. L. Mencken

Democracy is the only system that persists in asking
the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
- Sydney J. Harris

So long as we have enough people in this country willing
to fight for their rights,
we'll be called a democracy.
- Roger Nash Baldwin

When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power,
it is called a democracy.
- Charles de Secondat

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
- Robert Byrne

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
- James Russell Lowell

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people
by the people for the people.
- Oscar Wilde

I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work.
Of course it doesn't work.
We are supposed to work it.
- Alexander Woollcott

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens,
who assemble and administer the government in person.
- James Madison

Christianity is the root of all democracy,
the highest fact in the rights of men.
- Novalis

But despite this breathtaking pace, I believe in the
capacity of our democracy to meet these challenges.
- Lee H. Hamilton

I have - I have more than an interesting task in piloting
Wales into our new democracy,
without wanting to exercise draconian powers on behalf of anybody else -
I can assure of that.
- Ron Davies

Without the power of the Industrial Union behind it,
Democracy can only enter the State as the victim enters
the gullet of the Serpent.
- James Connolly

I tell you, in my opinion, the cornerstone of democracy is free press -
that's the cornerstone.
- Milos Forman

Thru the auspices of the viewers who become -
I think this is an import -
in a democracy,
become a working unit with law enforcement against the criminals.
- Robert Stack

Democracy is good.
I say this because other systems are worse.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

The word democracy has no meaning.
Duty has gone.
Only rights remain.
- Fiona Shaw

It is a paradox that far too few Americans participate
in the wonderful ritual of democracy that we call Election Day.
- Brad Henry

Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.
- Ronald Reagan

The experience of democracy is like
the experience of life itself -
always changing, infinite in its variety,
sometimes turbulent
and all the more valuable
for having been tested by adversity.
- Jimmy Carter

And that is my definition of democracy,
the right to be in a minority and not be suppressed.
- Lee Harvey Oswald

You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy.
You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism.
In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy.
- Fran Lebowitz

The government, which was designed for the people,
has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers,
the special interests.
An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.
- Woodrow Wilson

Democracy makes us articulate our views,
defend them, and refine them.
- Lee H. Hamilton

Democracy is now going forth on a crusade against imperialism.
- Irving Babbitt

Even though the Bush campaign ad tells you that Afghanistan
is a new democracy at the Olympics because of Bush's efforts,
Afghanistan hasn't actually had an election.
- Peter Schuyler

Democracy no longer works for the poor if politicians
treat them as a separate race.
- Frank Field

And they understand that to be an effective member of a democracy,
you have to accept responsibility.
- Daniel Greenberg

The soviet people want full-blooded and unconditional democracy.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

Now that our media companies and it appears are policies are traded for cash,
what is there to check the continuing consolidation
of power and diminishing of democracy?
- Joichi Ito

Being 'at the mercy of legislative majorities' is merely
another way of describing the basic American plan:
representative democracy.
- Robert Bork

In an effort to eliminate the possibility of any rival growing up,
some monopolists would sacrifice democracy itself.
- Henry A. Wallace

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

Democracy divides people into workers and loafers.
It makes no provision for those who have no time to work.
- Karl Kraus

The best Governments of the World have bin composed of Monarchy,
Aristocracy, and Democracy.
- Algernon Sydney

Television has made dictatorship impossible but democracy unbearable.
- Shimon Peres

In Europe, it appears that in the name of democracy,
elites are pursuing an autocratic, centralized power,
seeking economic control and social regimentation.
- Maggie Gallagher

We Americans have the great gifts of freedom and democracy,
but it has been our education system that has fulfilled
the promise of democracy.
- James E. Rogers

Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles.
- Woodrow Wilson

Throughout American history many of our social gains
and much of our progress toward democracy were made
possible by the active intervention of the federal government.
- Harold Washington

In Jefferson's mind democracy was tantamount to extreme individualism.
- Herbert Croly

The years between 1800 and 1825 were distinguished,
so far as our domestic development was concerned,
by the growth of the Western pioneer Democracy in power and self-consciousness.
- Herbert Croly

Now, mark it.
This may be strong language, but heed it.
The people mean it, and, my friends of the Eastern Democracy,
we bid farewell when you do that thing.
- Richard Parks Bland

I confess I enjoy democracy immensely.
It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing.
- H. L. Mencken

Only that Swiss in the heart want still a king or at
least a strong Upper House of Parliament.
Swiss long themselves for less democracy and more dictatorship.
- Peter Bichsel

It's a democracy and if I am outvoted,
I have to accept the majority decisions.
- Moshe Dayan

The US and the European Union needs to help in the
translation of the demand for democracy into a political will.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan


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