No country can build a healthy & growing economy or establish a true democracy if half its people are held back, pushed aside, left behind or beaten up.
I believe Gandhi is the only person who knew about real Democracy — not Democracy as the right to go and buy what you want, but Democracy as the responsibility to be accountable to everyone around you. Democracy begins with freedom from hunger, freedom from unemployment, freedom from fear, and freedom from hatred. To me, those are the real freedoms on the basis of which good human societies are based.vandana shiva
Countries that have soldiers in charge seem, more often than not, to be the ones where Democracy is but a flickering candle sitting in an open window with a forecast of rain.Lewis MacKenzie
Democracy is the destiny of humanity; freedom its indestructible arm.benito juárez
Call it Democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all God’s children.Martin Luther King Jr.
The evidence shows a growing albeit reluctant acceptance of the rule of law. But time, patience and a genuine commitment not just of the country's leaders towards creating an environment that will allow Democracy, human rights and the rule of law to flourish, will be required.graeme leung
I swear to the Lord, I still can't see, Why Democracy means, Everybody but me.langston hughes
The news of the day as it reaches the newspaper office is an incredible medley of fact, propaganda, rumor, suspicion, clues, hopes, and fears, and the task of selecting and ordering that news is one of the truly sacred and priestly offices in a Democracy. For the newspaper is in all literalness the bible of Democracy, the book out of which a people determines its conduct.walter lippmann
Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no Democracy can afford among its citizens .Full Employment in a Free Society (1944) Pt. 7
Here is the crisis of the times as I see it: We talk about problems, issues, policies, but we don't talk about what Democracy means what it bestows on us the revolutionary idea that it isn't just about the means of governance but the means of dignifying people so they become fully free to claim their moral and political agency.bill moyers
Self-censorship as a result of intimidation or social pressures, sometimes referred to as “political correctness”, constitutes a serious obstacle to the proper functioning of Democracy. It is important to hear the views of all persons,including the “silent majority”, and to give heed to the weaker voices.alfred de zayas
Democracy and markets are both fundamental building blocks for a decent society. But they clash at a fundamental level. We need to balance them.ha-joon chang
Democracy cannot be imposed on any nation from the outside. Each society must search for its own path, and no path is perfect.Barack Obama
Cambodia : Cambodia, still struggling to begin its own long-delayed trials for atrocities committed in the 1970s by the genocidal Khmer Rouge, said the execution should not have taken place. "Democracy has grown very much in Iraq, but in the end the death penalty still exists," information minister Khieu Kanharith said. "We do not support it because we have already abolished capital punishment. So we do not support the death penalty, but we support the process of finding justice for the people.Khieu Kanharith, Information minister 
Aspiring dictators sometimes win elections, and elected leaders sometimes govern badly and threaten their neighbors. ... History demonstrates that Democracy usually follows good governance, not the reverse.rudy giuliani
The atrocities for which [members of the Derg regime] are now collectively indicted can tempt the unwary into nostalgia for Haile Selassie. It is easy to forget that the emperor used to authorise public hangings, that his opponents were routinely tortured, that courtiers who fell from grace were not only jailed but frequently held in chains as well, and that concepts of justice, liberty and Democracy were effectively outlawed from public debate.selassie, haile i, of ethiopia
Every Democracy must involve civil society in the process of establishing budgets, and all sectors of society must be consulted to determine what the real priorities of the population are. Lobbies, including military contractors and other representatives of the military-industrial complex, must not be allowed to hijack these priorities to the detriment of the population’s real needs.alfred de zayas
Self-censorship as a result of intimidation or social pressures, sometimes referred to as “political correctness”, constitutes a serious obstacle to the proper functioning of Democracy. It is important to hear the views of all persons,including the “silent majority”, and to give heed to the weaker voices.Interim report of the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred Maurice de Zayas 
We may have Democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.Louis Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court Justice ~ quoted by Raymond Lonergan in, Mr. Justice Brandeis, Great American (1941), p. 42.
Democracy is essentially a political system that recognizes the equality of humans before the law.dwight Eisenhower
Democracy is the road to socialism.karl marx
Mass Democracy, mass morality and the mass media thrive independently of the individual, who joins them only at the cost of at least a partial perversion of his instincts and insights. He pays for his social ease with what used to be called his soul – his discriminations, his uniqueness, his psychic energy, his self.al alvarez
Along with the theocratic right, two other hard right political movements pose a grave threat to Democracy: regressive populism, typified by diverse groups ranging from members of the John Birch Society out to members of the patriot and armed militia movements; and White racial nationalism, promoted by Pat Buchanan and his shadow, David Duke of Louisiana.chip berlet
Increase in the wealth per capita fosters Democracy; but the latter, at least according to what we have been able to observe up to now, entails great destruction of wealth and even eventually dries up the sources of it. Hence it is its own grave-digger, it destroys what gave it birth.vilfredo pareto
In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed - they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love and five hundred years of Democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock!orson welles
I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and Democracy, but that could change.dan quayle
Every Democracy must involve civil society in the process of establishing budgets, and all sectors of society must be consulted to determine what the real priorities of the population are. Lobbies, including military contractors and other representatives of the military-industrial complex, must not be allowed to hijack these priorities to the detriment of the population’s real needs.United Nations expert urges states to cut military spending and invest more in human development 
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