What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change.
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
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.alfred de zayas
We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.
Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.clement attlee
Democracy is not a polite employer. The only way out of elective office is to get sick or die or get kicked out.herbert hoover
In every country unscrupulous wealth can, by artificially "making opinion," mislead and beguile the people more easily and with less chance of detection than in any other way. Democracy has no more persistent or insidious foe than the money power, to which it may say, as Dante said when he reached in his journey through hell the dwelling of the God of Riches, "Here we found Wealth, the great enemy."james Bryce
We are now forming a republican government. Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
You cannot have democratic accountability in anything bigger than a nation state.
Democracy has turned out to be not majority rule but rule by well-organized and well-connected minority groups who steal from the majority.
I swear to the Lord, I still can't see, Why Democracy means, Everybody but me.langston hughes
Democracy will prevail when men believe the vote of Judas as good as that of Jesus Christ.
You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.
The conception that government should be guided by majority opinion makes sense only if that opinion is independent of government. The ideal of democracy rests on the belief that the view which will direct government emerges from an independent and spontaneous process. It requires, therefore, the existence of a large sphere independent of majority control in which the opinions of the individuals are formed.friedrich hayek
If democracy is a means rather than an end, its limits must be determined in the light of the purpose we want it to serve.friedrich hayek
Once wide coercive powers are given to governmental agencies for particular purposes, such powers cannot be effectively controlled by democratic assemblies.friedrich hayek
You measure democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.abbie hoffman
Democracy is a poor system of government at best; the only thing that can honestly be said in its favor is that it is about eight times as good as any other method the human race has ever tried. Democracy's worst fault is that its leaders are likely to reflect the faults and virtues of their constituents a depressingly low level, but what else can you expect?
I have not the smallest doubt that, if we had a purely democratic government here, the effect would be the same. Either the poor would plunder the rich, and civilisation would perish; or order and property would be saved by a strong military government, and liberty would perish.
Politics, under a democracy, reduces itself to a mere struggle for office by flatterers of the proletariat.
A fanatical belief in democracy makes democratic institutions impossible.bertrand russell
Puritanism, believing itself quick with the seed of religious liberty, laid, without knowing it, the egg of democracy.james russell lowell
We cannot run a democracy without a strong middle class.Elizabeth warren
Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.thurgood marshall