If democracy is destroyed in Britain it will be not the communists, Trotskyists or subversives but this House which threw it away. The rights that are entrusted to us are not for us to give away. Even if I agree with everything that is proposed, I cannot hand away powers lent to me for five years by the people of Chesterfield. I just could not do it. It would be theft of public rights.
Change from below, the formulation of demands from the populace to end unacceptable injustice, supported by direct action, has played a far larger part in shaping British democracy than most constitutional lawyers, political commentators, historians or statesmen have ever cared to admit. Direct action in a democratic society is fundamentally an educational exercise.
We\'re not perfect, but we do have democracy.
Sycophancy toward those who hold power is a fact in every regime, and especially in a democracy, where, unlike tyranny, there is an accepted principle of legitimacy that breaks the inner will to resist.
We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.
We want to take a chance on more democracy.
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
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.
Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
A perfect democracy is therefore the most shameless thing in the world.
At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man, walking into the little booth, with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper. . . .
Of democracy, only the shoemaker can make the shoe. Only the wearer can tell if it fits.
Democracy is a form of government in which it is permitted to wonder aloud what the country could do under first-class management.
The trouble in modern democracy is that men do not approach to leadership 'til they have lost the desire to lead anyone.
If the noble and the sacred cannot find serious expression in democracy, its choiceworthiness becomes questionable. These are the arguments, the special pleading of the reactionaries, the disinherited of the ancien rgime.
Democracy, I do not conceive that ever God did ordain as a fit government either for church or commonwealth. If the people be governors, who shall be governed?
We need to give the Iraqis a chance to build their own future. It should be in their hands. It must be in their hands. That is what democracy is all about. We can teach it, we can explain it, but they must want it enough to make it work for them.
The American people need to know the truth. The American people need to see the truth. In a democracy, letting the people know the truth is the essence of what it means to be free.
Our democracy is the centerpiece of who we are as a nation. And it is the fondest hope of all Americans that we can help bring democracy to every corner of the world.
Attention Deficit Democracy produces the attitudes, ignorance and arrogance that pave the way to political collapse.
The more that democracy is assumed to be inevitable, the more likely it will self-destruct.
While the broad principles of democracy are universal, the fact remains that their application varies considerably ... We are at the beginning of the road, at the very beginning. We still have a long way to go.
The substance of socialist democracy lies in efficient socialist organisation of all society for the sake of every individual, and in the socialist discipline of every individual for the sake of all society.
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