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  1. A few interesting quotes I came across on democracy:

    “Democracy is the road to socialism.”
    — Karl Marx

    “In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.”
    — Edmund Burke

    “Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they’ve told you what you think it is you want to hear.”
    — Alan Coren

    “Democracy, in short, is a form of collectivism, which denies individual rights: the majority can do whatever it wants with no restrictions. In principle, the democratic government is all-powerful. Democracy is a totalitarian manifestation; it is not a form of freedom…”
    — Leonard Piekoff

    “This means that the majority may vote away the rights of a minority—and dispose of an individual’s life, liberty, and property, until such time, if ever, as he is able to gather his own majority gang. … It was a long struggle, stretching from Aristotle to John Locke to the Founding Fathers. The system they established was not based on unlimited majority rule, but on its opposite: on individual rights, which were not to be alienated by majority vote or minority plotting. The individual was not left at the mercy of his neighbors or his leaders…”
    — Ayn Rand

    “Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.”
    — Plato

    Aside: I guess Plato means that’s what can happen without a Bill of Rights.

    “Democracy is nothing but the Tyranny of Majorities, the most abominable tyranny of all.”
    — Pierre Joseph Proudhon

    “Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.”
    — H.L. Mencken

    “Where some people are very wealthy and others have nothing, the result will be either extreme democracy or absolute oligarchy, or despotism will come from either of those excesses.”
    — Aristotle

    “Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship.”
    — William Blum

    “If one meets a powerful person–Adolf Hitler, Joe Stalin or Bill Gates–ask them five questions: ‘What power have you got? Where did you get it from? In whose interests do you exercise it? To whom are you accountable? And how can we get rid of you?”
    — Tony Benn

    “Democracies have been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their death.”
    — James Madison

    “He who allows oppression shares the crime.”
    — Desiderius Erasmus


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