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A modern democracy is a tyranny whose borders are undefined; one discovers how far one can go only by traveling in a straight line until one is stopped.
~ Norman Mailer

 

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All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy.
~ Alfred E. Smith

 

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America is the place where you cannot kill your government by killing the men who conduct it.
~ Woodrow T. Wilson

 

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Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
~ Gore Vidal

 

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As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
~ Abraham Lincoln

 

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Chinks in America's egalitarian armor are not hard to find. Democracy is the fig leaf of elitism.
~ Florence King

 

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Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions -- it only guarantees equality of opportunity.
~ Irving Kristol

 

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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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Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is blissfully ignorant.
~ John Simon

 

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Democracy give every man the right to be his own oppressor.
~ James Russell Lowell

 

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Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike.
~ Plato

 

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Democracy is a political method, that is to say, a certain type of institutional arrangement for arriving at political -- legislative and administrative -- decisions and hence incapable of being an end in itself.
~ Joseph A. Schumpeter

 

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Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.
~ Laurence J. Peter

 

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Democracy is also a form of religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.
~ H. L. Mencken

 

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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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Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing. What is necessary now is one thing and one thing only that democracy become again democracy in action, not democracy accomplished and piled up in goods and gold.
~ Archibald Macleish

 

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Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles.
~ Woodrow T. Wilson

 

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Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they're both just aspirin.
~ Gore Vidal

 

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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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Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.
~ E(lwyn) B(rooks) White

 

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