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These, then, will be some of the features of democracy... it will be, in all likelihood, an agreeable, lawless, parti-colored commonwealth, dealing with all alike on a footing of equality, whether they be really equal or not.

Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.
In a democracy everybody has a right to be represented, including the jerks.
Everything that is right or natural pleads for separation. The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, 'Tis time to part.
The best way of learning to be an independent sovereign state is to be an independent sovereign state.
There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship.
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what They want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
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.
Unless democracy is to commit suicide by consenting to its own destruction, it will have to find some formidable answer to those who come to it saying: I demand from you in the name of your principles the rights which I shall deny to you later in the name of my principles.
What we call a democratic society might be defined for certain purposes as one in which the majority is always prepared to put down a revolutionary minority.
This is one of the paradoxes of the democratic movement -- that it loves a crowd and fears the individuals who compose it -- that the religion of humanity should have no faith in human beings.
The more I see of democracy the more I dislike it. It just brings everything down to the mere vulgar level of wages and prices, electric light and water closets, and nothing else.
You must drop all your democracy. You must not believe in the people. One class is no better than another. It must be a case of Wisdom, or Truth. Let the working classes be working classes. That is the truth. There must be an aristocracy of people who have wisdom, and there must be a Ruler: a Kaiser: no Presidents and democracies.
Democracy with its semi-civilization sincerely cherishes junk. The artist's power should be spiritual. But the power of the majority is material. When these worlds meet occasionally, it is pure coincidence.
Chinks in America's egalitarian armor are not hard to find. Democracy is the fig leaf of elitism.
I swear to the Lord, I still can't see, why Democracy means, everybody but me.
The freeman, casting with unpurchased hand the vote that shakes the turrets of the land.
Everybody's for democracy in principle. It's only in practice that the thing gives rise to stiff objections.
Democracy is the wholesome and pure air without which a socialist public organization cannot live a full-blooded life.
The soviet people want full-blooded and unconditional democracy.
Democracy! Bah! When I hear that word I reach for my feather Boa!
When people put their ballots in the boxes, they are, by that act, inoculated against the feeling that the government is not theirs. They then accept, in some measure, that its errors are their errors, its aberrations their aberrations, that any revolt will be against them. It's a remarkably shrewd and rather conservative arrangement when one thinks of it.
Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.
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.
When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.
The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.
The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.
We once worried that democracy could not survive if an undereducated populace knew too little. Now we worry if it can survive us knowing too much.
The worst thing I can say about democracy is that it has tolerated the Right Honorable Gentleman for four and a half years.
Democracy is the menopause of Western society, the Grand Climacteric of the body social. Fascism is its middle-aged lust.
The Silent majority is silent, and that is best for everybody.
The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.