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I am a democrat [proponent of democracy] because I believe in the Fall of Man. I think most people are democrats for the opposite reason. A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like Rousseau, who believed in democracy because they thought mankind so wise and good that every one deserved a share in the government. The danger of defending democracy on those grounds is that they’re not true. . . . I find that they’re not true without looking further than myself. I don’t deserve a share in governing a hen-roost. Much less a nation. . . . The real reason for democracy is just the reverse. Mankind is so fallen that no man can be trusted with unchecked power over his fellows. Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves. I do not contradict him. But I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters.


C.S. Lewis


#democracy #slavery #men

If there were a nation of Gods, it would govern itself democratically. A government so perfect is not suited to men.


Jean-Jacques Rousseau


#government #politics #men

Were the judgments of mankind correct, custom would be regulated by the good. But it is often far otherwise in point of fact; for, whatever the many are seen to do, forthwith obtains the force of custom. But human affairs have scarcely ever been so happily constituted as that the better course pleased the greater number. Hence the private vices of the multitude have generally resulted in public error, or rather that common consent in vice which these worthy men would have to be law.


John Calvin


#god #government #men

Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.


Aristotle


#equality #freedom #equality

To view the opposition as dangerous is to misunderstand the basic concepts of democracy. To oppress the opposition is to assault the very foundation of democracy.


Aung San Suu Kyi


#freedom #freedom-of-speech #politics #freedom

The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure.


Albert Einstein


#democracy #freedom #liberty #freedom

Government leaders are amazing. So often it seems they are the last to know what the people want.


Aung San Suu Kyi


#democracy #fearless #freedom #liberty #freedom

Every election is determined by the people who show up.


Larry J. Sabato


#democracy-fascism #democracy-freedom #democracy-voting #democrats #elections

The issue is whether the ultimate civil authority of the United States can tolerate actions in contempt of constitutional lines of authority. Any lessening of civil power over military power must inevitably lead away from democracy.


Harold Russell


#any #authority #away #civil #constitutional

A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way.


Fisher Ames


#conceals #democracy #desolation #destruction #eruption






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