„If we are to be a great democracy, we must all take an active role in our democracy. We must do democracy. That goes far beyond simply casting your vote. We must all actively champion the causes that ensure the common good.“
Speech at the Democratic Convention (28 August 2008) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/28/martin-luther-king-iii-dn_n_122258.html
„Under all circumstances we shall remain the champions of democracy and humanity. We reject as senseless and cruel and ruinous to both our cause and our nation the suggestion that we strive to arrive at humanity by the method of brutality.“
— Karl Kautsky Czech-Austrian philosopher, journalist, and Marxist theoretician 1854 - 1938
Chap. V, The Period of Dictatorship
"Hitlerism and Social Democracy" (1934) https://www.marxists.org/archive/kautsky/1934/hitler/index.htm
„The American people deserve fair elections. Every legal - not illegal - vote should be counted. We must protect our democracy with complete transparency.“
— Melania Trump Slovenian model, wife of Donald Trump and First Lady of the United States 1970
via tweet https://twitter.com/FLOTUS/status/1325509832594616328 On November 8, 2020
„We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.“
— Louis Brandeis American Supreme Court Justice 1856 - 1941
As quoted by Raymond Lonergan in Mr. Justice Brandeis, Great American (1941), p. 42.
— Learned Hand American legal scholar, Court of Appeals judge 1872 - 1961
To The New York Legal Aid Society (16 February 1951).
„For the world to follow, we must do more than rattle our sabers and demand allegienace to our vision simply because we believe we are right. We must provide a reason for others to aspire to that vision. And that reason must come with more than the repetition of a bumper-sticker phrase about freedom and democracy. It must come with more than the restatement of failed policy. It must come with the wisdom to admit when we are wrong and resolve to change course and get it right.“
— Joe Biden 47th Vice President of the United States (in office from 2009 to 2017) 1942
2000s, Promises to Keep (2008)
„But if our democracy is to flourish it must have criticism, if our government is to function it must have dissent. Only totalitarian governments insist upon conformity and they—as we know—do so at their peril.“
— Henry Steele Commager American historian 1902 - 1998
Quelle: Freedom, Loyalty, Dissent (1954), p. 153
„Our whole experiment is meaningless unless we are to make this a democracy in the fullest sense of the word, in the broadest as well as the highest and deepest signiﬁcance of the word. It must be made a democracy economically, as well as politically.“
— Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
1910s, The Progressives, Past and Present (1910)
Kontext: Our whole experiment is meaningless unless we are to make this a democracy in the fullest sense of the word, in the broadest as well as the highest and deepest signiﬁcance of the word. It must be made a democracy economically, as well as politically. This does not mean that there shall not, be leadership in the economic as in the political world, or that there shall not be ample reward for high distinction and great service.
„Should anarchists vote? ... For my part, like many anarchists, I think not. To vote is to take part in the organization of the false democracy that has been set up forcefully by the middle class. ... The political game can produce no important changes in our society and we must radically refuse to take part in it.“
— Jacques Ellul, buch Anarchy and Christianity
Quelle: Anarchy and Christianity (1988), p. 14
„As far as domestic democracy, all here present know that democracy means government of the people by the people. While we agree that consultation and participation are essential to every democracy, this is seldom achieved in practice.“
— Alfred de Zayas American United Nations official 1947
Statement by the Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, Prof. Dr. Alfred de Zayas. Brussels Conference on a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, 16/17 October 2013 http://www.unpacampaign.org/documents/en/2013UNPA_zayas.pdf.
2014, UNPA - World Parliamentary Assembly
— Doris Haddock American political activist 1910 - 2010
Run Granny Run'
„Democracy means that if this man, you, and I will be trapped on an island, we having a majority of votes will decide that you have to sleep with us. That's the Democracy. And with 2/3 votes we can even put that in the constitution.“
— Janusz Korwin-Mikke polish politician 1942
Quelle: speech during a meeting in the R. Barbosa High School
— William H. Riker American political scientist 1920 - 1993
Liberalism Against Populism (1982)
„Democracy is not for Africa. There was only one African chief and here in Zaire we must make unity.“
— Mobutu Sésé Seko President of Zaïre 1930 - 1997
George B. N. Ayittey, Africa Betrayed, p. 65
„We must present democracy as a force holding within itself the seeds of unlimited progress by the human race.“
— George Marshall US military leader, Army Chief of Staff 1880 - 1959
Essentials to Peace (1953)
Kontext: We must present democracy as a force holding within itself the seeds of unlimited progress by the human race. By our actions we should make it clear that such a democracy is a means to a better way of life, together with a better understanding among nations. Tyranny inevitably must retire before the tremendous moral strength of the gospel of freedom and self-respect for the individual, but we have to recognize that these democratic principles do not flourish on empty stomachs, and that people turn to false promises of dictators because they are hopeless and anything promises something better than the miserable existence that they endure. However, material assistance alone is not sufficient. The most important thing for the world today in my opinion is a spiritual regeneration which would reestablish a feeling of good faith among men generally. Discouraged people are in sore need of the inspiration of great principles. Such leadership can be the rallying point against intolerance, against distrust, against that fatal insecurity that leads to war. It is to be hoped that the democratic nations can provide the necessary leadership.
„Although I consider our political world to be the best of which we have any historical knowledge, we should beware of attributing this fact to democracy or to freedom. Freedom is not a supplier who delivers goods to our door. Democracy does not ensure that anything is accomplished — certainly not an economic miracle.“
— Karl Popper Austrian-British philosopher of science 1902 - 1994
On Freedom (1958)
Kontext: Although I consider our political world to be the best of which we have any historical knowledge, we should beware of attributing this fact to democracy or to freedom. Freedom is not a supplier who delivers goods to our door. Democracy does not ensure that anything is accomplished — certainly not an economic miracle. It is wrong and dangerous to extol freedom by telling people that they will certainly be all right once they are free. How someone fares in life is largely a matter of luck or grace, and to a comparatively small degree perhaps also of competence, diligence, and other virtues. The most we can say of democracy or freedom is that they give our personal abilities a little more influence on our well-being.
„After a major terrorist attack, every society faces a choice between fear and resolve. The world’s great democracies can’t sacrifice our values or turn our backs on those in need. Therefore, we must choose resolve. And we must lead the world to meet this threat.“
— Hillary Clinton American politician, senator, Secretary of State, First Lady 1947
Presidential campaign (April 12, 2015 – 2016), Speech on fighting ISIS (November 20, 2015)
„People use democracy as a free-floating abstraction disconnected from reality. Democracy in and of itself is not necessarily good. Gang rape, after all, is democracy in action.
All men have the right to live their own life. Democracy must be rooted in a rational philosophy that first and foremost recognizes the right of an individual.“
— Terry Goodkind American novelist 1948
Q&A page at the Terry Goodkind Official Site http://www.prophets-inc.com/communicate/q_and_a.html
Kontext: People use democracy as a free-floating abstraction disconnected from reality. Democracy in and of itself is not necessarily good. Gang rape, after all, is democracy in action.
All men have the right to live their own life. Democracy must be rooted in a rational philosophy that first and foremost recognizes the right of an individual. A few million Imperial Order men screaming for the lives of a much smaller number of people in the New World may win a democratic vote, but it does not give them the right to those lives, or make their calls for such killing right.
Democracy is not a synonym for justice or for freedom. Democracy is not a sacred right sanctifying mob rule. Democracy is a principle that is subordinate to the inalienable rights of the individual.