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 .
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.
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.
We may have Democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.
Democracy needs support and the best support for Democracy comes from other democracies. Democratic nations should... come together in an association designed to help each other and promote what is a universal value — Democracy.benazir bhutto
Democracy is the best revenge. After Benazir Bhutto's death, her son's brief public remarks were captured on video, and they were reported in international newspapers. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari announced, "My mother always said, ' Democracy is the best revenge.' "benazir bhutto
Democracy is still upon its trial. The civic genius of our people is its only bulwark.william james
Democracy has turned out to be not majority rule but rule by well-organized and well-connected minority groups who steal from the majority.
What really troubles me is that Democracy is getting a bad name because it is identified with imposition and occupation. I'm for Democracy, but imposing Democracy is an oxymoron. People have to choose Democracy, and it has to come up from below.madeleine albright
I do support direct action. I do not advocate or support violence.… Elections are not a viable means of ensuring democratic change in Russia. Therefore I do support using other methods to push for a change back towards Democracyboris berezovsky
He says to the Sovereign: "I no longer am leader of the majority party in the House of Commons; but I am carrying on as your Prime Minister." Now I don't think anyone can say that at least without inflicting damage on the constitution... [it is] tantamount to treating the monarch herself with disrespect and denying the very principle on which our parliamentary Democracy is founded.enoch powell
But because we live in a liberal Democracy and therefore have certain double standards to maintain, any criticism of Islam or of Muslims always draws the immediate accusation of Islamophobia, a dishonest word which seeks to portray legitimate comment as some kind of hate crime.
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