The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders...tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.— Hermann Goring
Competitive Democracies quotations
I believe profoundly in the possibilities of democracy, but democracy needs to be emancipated from capitalism. As long as we inhabit a capitalist democracy, a future of racial equality, gender equality, economic equality will elude us.
If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it.
To protest against injustice is the foundation of all our American democracy.
Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.
If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.
The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.
Persuade your fellow citizens it's a good idea and pass a law.
That's what democracy is all about. It's not about nine superannuated judges who have been there too long, imposing these demands on society.
Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.
Americans like to talk about (or be told about) Democracy but, when put to the test, usually find it to be an 'inconvenience.' We have opted instead for an authoritarian system disguised as a Democracy. We pay through the nose for an enormous joke-of-a-government, let it push us around, and then wonder how all those assholes got in there.
The process of democracy is one of change.
Our laws are not frozen into immutable form, they are constantly in the process of revision in response to the needs of a changing society.
History teaches that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure.
In 1956, I shall not go to the polls.
I have not registered. I believe that democracy has so far disappeared in the United States that no 'two evils' exist. There is but one evil party with two names, and it will be elected despite all I can do or say.
True democracy or the swaraj of the masses can never come through untruthful and violent means.
Without enough wilderness America will change.
Democracy, with its myriad personalities and increasing sophistication, must be fibred and vitalized by regular contact with outdoor growths - animals, trees, sun warmth and free skies - or it will dwindle and pale.
Democracy is necessarily despotism, as it establishes an executive power contrary to the general will; all being able to decide against one whose opinion may differ, the will of all is therefore not that of all: which is contradictory and opposite to liberty.
The philosophy of Africanism holds out the hope of a genuine democracy beyond the stormy sea of struggle
Peace cannot exist without justice, justice cannot exist without fairness, fairness cannot exist without development, development cannot exist without democracy, democracy cannot exist without respect for the identity and worth of cultures and peoples.
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.
You know better than I that in a Republic talent is always suspect.
A man attains an elevated position only when his mediocrity prevents him from being a threat to others. And for this reason a democracy is never governed by the most competent, but rather by those whose insignificance will not jeopardize anyone else's self-esteem.
Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.
Remember, democracy never lasts long.
It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy.
People always have been and they always will be stupid victims of deceit and self-deception in politics.
My people are going to learn the principles of democracy, the dictates of truth and the teachings of science. Superstition must go.
Democracy is a con game. It’s a word invented to placate people to make them accept a given institution. All institutions sing, ‘We are free.’ The minute you hear ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’, watch out… because in a truly free nation, no one has to tell you you’re free.
We, in Africa, have no more need of being 'converted' to socialism than we have of being 'taught' democracy. Both are rooted in our past -- in the traditional society which produced us.
Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.
A democracy is no more than an aristocracy of orators.
The people are so readily moved by demagogues that control must be exercised by the government over speech and press.
Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.
The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
Equality is the heart and essence of democracy, freedom, and justice, equality of opportunity in industry, in labor unions, schools and colleges, government, politics, and before the law. There must be no dual standards of justice, no dual rights, privileges, duties, or responsibilities of citizenship. No dual forms of freedom.