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The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.
John Acton
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Democracy is a government in the hands of men of low birth, no property and vulgar employments.
Aristotle
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Republics have a longer life and enjoy better fortune than principalities, because they can profit by their greater internal diversity. They are the better able to meet emergencies.
Niccolo Machiavelli
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Democracy is the same tyranny, shared among many people.
Aristotle
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Only a government that is rich and safe can afford to be a democracy, for democracy is the most expensive and nefarious kind of government ever heard of on earth.
Henry Louis Mencken
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Democracy is a theory according to which the two thieves will steal less than one and three - less than two and four - less than three, etc.
Henry Louis Mencken
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Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.
Charles de Montesquieu
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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
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The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the party that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.
John Acton
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It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory. Logically considered, freedom and equality are mutually exclusive, just as society and the individual are mutually exclusive.
Thomas Mann
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Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.
Henry Louis Mencken
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Votes should be weighed, not counted!
Friedrich von Schiller
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The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.
Charles de Montesquieu
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In every well-governed state, wealth is a sacred thing; in democracies it is the only sacred thing.
Anatole France
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All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.
George Orwell
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Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
Thomas Jefferson
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Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Arcadia, Santa Claus and Heaven.
Henry Louis Mencken
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Democracy arose from men`s thinking that if they were equal in any respect, they were equal absolutely.
Aristotle
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A democracy is two wolves and a small lamb voting on what to have for dinner. Freedom under a constitutional republic is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.
Benjamin Franklin
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Christianity is the root of all democracy, the highest fact in the rights of men.
Novalis
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