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Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
~ John Adams

 

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Democracy: In which you say what you like and do what you're told.
~ Dave Barry

 

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Democracy is the menopause of Western society, the Grand Climacteric of the body social. Fascism is its middle-aged lust.
~ Jean Baudrillard

 

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The worst thing I can say about democracy is that it has tolerated the Right Honorable Gentleman for four and a half years.
~ Aneurin Bevan

 

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We once worried that democracy could not survive if an undereducated populace knew too little. Now we worry if it can survive us knowing too much.
~ Robert Bianco

 

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The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.
~ William F. Buckley

 

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Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

 

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It has been said that 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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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

 

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The ship of Democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those aboard.
~ Grover Cleveland

 

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The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.
~ James F. Cooper

 

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When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.
~ Eugene V. Debs

 

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Nor is the people's judgment always true: the most may err as grossly as the few.
~ John Dryden

 

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Democracy don't rule the world, you better get that in your head; this world is ruled by violence, but I guess that's better left unsaid.
~ Bob Dylan

 

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Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.
~ Edward M. Forster

 

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Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

 

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When people put their ballots in the boxes, they are, by that act, inoculated against the feeling that the government is not theirs. They then accept, in some measure, that its errors are their errors, its aberrations their aberrations, that any revolt will be against them. It's a remarkably shrewd and rather conservative arrangement when one thinks of it.
~ John Kenneth Galbraith

 

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Democracy! Bah! When I hear that word I reach for my feather Boa!
~ Allen Ginsberg

 

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Democracy is the wholesome and pure air without which a socialist public organization cannot live a full-blooded life.
~ Mikhail Gorbachev

 

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

 

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