A Quote by Edmund Burke on democracy, representative, judgment, industry, and opinion

A representative owes the People not only his industry, but his judgment, and he betrays them if he sacrifices it to their opinion.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Quoted in the musical stage play 1776, Peter Stone & Sherman Edwards, 1964

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A Quote by Ron Paul on republic, monarchy, and democracy

At the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 18, 1787, a Mrs. Powell anxiously awaited the results, and as Benjamin Franklin emerged from the long task now finished, she asked him directly: "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?"
Franklin replied, "A republic, if you can keep it."

Ron Paul


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A Quote by Ken Wilber on democracy, communism, and man

In Democracy, man exploits man; in Communism, it's the other way round."

Ken Wilber

Source: Up From Eden

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on resistance, government, question, and democracy

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on dream, law, and democracy

The First Amendment reads more like a dream than a law, and no other nation, so far as I know, has been crazy enough to include such a dream among its fundamental legal documents. I defend it because it has been so successful for two centuries in preserving our freedom and increasing our vitality, knowing that all arguments in support of it are certain to sound absurd.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

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A Quote by Vinoba Bhave on anarchism, democracy, and government

If you want to cut down a tree, it is no use to climb into its branches.

Vinoba Bhave

Source: Bhoodan, Democratic Values

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A Quote by Alexis de Tocqueville on democracy, america, war, and government

There are two things that a democratic people will always find very difficult, to begin a war and to end it.

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 - 1859)

Source: Democracy in America

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A Quote by george soros on business, honesty, private gain, public benefit, public interest, universal principles, freedom, democracy, rule of law, and market forces

...Most businesspeople are upright citizens; but that does not change the fact that business is conducted for private gain and not for the public benefit. The primary responsibility of management is to the owners of the business, not to some nebulous entity called the public interest—although enterprises often try, or at least pretend, to be acting in a public-spirited way because that is good for business. If we care about universal principles such as freedom, democracy, and the rule of law, we cannot leave them to the care of market forces; we must establish some other institutions to safeguard them.

george soros

Source: Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism, Pages: xii

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A Quote by george soros on captalism, democracy, political conditions, and economic conditions

We can speak of the triumph of capitalism in the world, but we cannot yet speak about the triumph of democracy. There is a serious mismatch between the political and the economic conditions that prevail in the world today.

george soros

Source: Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism, Pages: xi

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A Quote by Franklin Delano Roosevelt on liberty, democracy, power, state, gascism, government, and ownership

The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to the point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism -- ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any controlling private power.

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945)

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