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Alexis de Tocqueville – The equality in democracy and socialism

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Alexis de TocquevilleDemocracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

Alexis de Tocqueville   (1805-1859)

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Jame Mattis – Powers of intimidation and inspiration

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Jame MattisAmerica has two fundamental powers. One is the power of intimidation. I was part of it and America will defend herself and our idea, this experiment that we call America. And that’s all it is, is an experiment in democracy. But the other power I think that perhaps we have used less in recent years, last 20 years maybe, is the power of inspiration. And I think that the power of inspiration of America at times has got to be employed just as strongly.

Jame Mattis   (1950-)
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Benazir Bhutto – Forces of moderation and democracy

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Benazir BhuttoThe forces of moderation and democracy must, and will, prevail against extremism and dictatorship. I will not be intimidated. I will step out on the tarmac in Karachi not to complete a journey, but to begin one. Despite threats of death, I will not acquiesce to tyranny, but rather lead the fight against it.

Benazir Bhutto   (1953-2007)

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Mahatma Gandhi – The democracy I envision

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Mahatma GandhiIn the democracy which I have envisaged, a democracy established by non-violence, there will be equal freedom for all. Everybody will be his own master. It is to join a struggle for such democracy that I invite you today. Once you realize this you will forget the differences between the Hindus and Muslims, and think of yourselves as Indians only, engaged in the common struggle for independence.

Mahatma Gandhi   (1869-1948)

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Winston Churchill – Democracy and the many forms of government

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Winston ChurchillMany forms of government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

Winston Churchill   (Nov 30, 1874-Jan 24, 1965)

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Ludwig Lewisohn – A danger in democracy

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Democracy which began by liberating man politically has developed a dangerous tendency to enslave him through the tyranny of majorities and the deadly power of their opinion.

Ludwig Lewisohn   (1882-1955)

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John F. Kennedy – Putting up walls

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John F. KennedyFreedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect, but we have never had to put a wall up to keep our people in… While the wall is the most obvious and vivid demonstration of the failures of the Communist system, for all the world to see, we take no satisfaction in it, for it is, as your Mayor has said, an offense not only against history but an offense against humanity, separating families, dividing husbands and wives and brothers and sisters, and dividing a people who wish to be joined together.

John F. Kennedy   (1917-1963)

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Carl Sagan – That kind of skeptical, questioning

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Carl SaganThat kind of skeptical, questioning, ‘don’t accept what authority tells you’ attitude of science is also nearly identical to the attitude of mind necessary for a functioning democracy.  Science and democracy have very consonant values and approaches, and I don’t think you can have one without the other.

Carl Sagan   (1934-1996)

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