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Television is democracy at its ugliest.
Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.
E. B. White
Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
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
The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.
James F. Cooper
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences.
In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism. In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy.
I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy - but that could change.
El Salvador is a democracy so it's not surprising that there are many voices to be heard here. Yet in my conversations with Salvadorans... I have heard a single voice.
Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity.
A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave.
John James Ingalls
The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
James Russell Lowell
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.
I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work. Of course it doesn't work. We are supposed to work it.
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
It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.
Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
Jorge Luis Borges
Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear.
Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
H. L. Mencken
Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
George Bernard Shaw
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.
Those who abhors democracy would rarely immigrate to an authoritarian state if they have to.
A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person.
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.
Congress is functioning the way the Founding Fathers intended-not very well. They understood that if you move too quickly, our democracy will be less responsible to the majority.
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