„Assembled in a crowd, people lose their powers of reasoning and their capacity for moral choice.“

—  Aldous Huxley, livro Brave New World Revisited

Fonte: Brave New World Revisited (1958), Chapter 5 (p. 42)

Última atualização 4 de Junho de 2020. História
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„Democracy, according to Ross Feingold, is considered the most legitimate form of government because the power of choice rests with the people. “But when this power dynamic is altered and citizens lose their influence, the legitimacy of the system is threatened.”“

—  Olusegun Adeniyi Nigerian journalist 1965

That is where we are in Nigeria today because the choices made by citizens with their ballots are being increasingly rendered useless. And this threat to ‘the legitimacy on the system’ is coming from our courts, including the highest court in the country whose decisions are not only final but affect those of lower courts.
Politics In Nigeria: When Judges Become Our Electoral College https://www.opinionnigeria.com/politics-in-nigeria-when-judges-become-our-electoral-college-by-olusegun-adeniyi/ (February 28, 2020), Opinion Nigeria.

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„The genius of the corporation as a business form, and the reason for its remarkable rise over the last three centuries, was - and is - its capacity to combine the capital, and thus the economic power, of unlimited numbers of people.“

—  Joel Bakan Canadian writer, musician, filmmaker and legal scholar 1959

Fonte: The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power (2004), Chapter 1, The Corporation's Rise To Dominance, p. 8

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„The reason people lose their healing, is because they begin questioning if God really did it.“

—  Benny Hinn American-Canadian evangelist 1952

[NBC News, Dateline, http://www.culteducation.com/reference/hinn/hinn20.html, 2002-12-27]

„(When) the people of the land no longer have the power to select and install their leaders, the chiefs lose their mana or power.“

—  Asesela Ravuvu He loved nature and the outdoors. He 3 main principles in life were love all, hardwork and honesty. 1931 - 2008

Interview with Pacific Journalism Online, 28 May 2000

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„The office of the sovereign, be it a monarch or an assembly, consisteth in the end for which he was trusted with the sovereign power, namely the procuration of the safety of the people, to which he is obliged by the law of nature“

—  Thomas Hobbes, livro Leviathan

The Second Part, Chapter 30: Of the Office of the Sovereign Representative.
Leviathan (1651)
Contexto: The office of the sovereign, be it a monarch or an assembly, consisteth in the end for which he was trusted with the sovereign power, namely the procuration of the safety of the people, to which he is obliged by the law of nature, and to render an account thereof to God, the Author of that law, and to none but Him. But by safety here is not meant a bare preservation, but also all other contentments of life, which every man by lawful industry, without danger or hurt to the Commonwealth, shall acquire to himself.
And this is intended should be done, not by care applied to individuals, further than their protection from injuries when they shall complain; but by a general providence, contained in public instruction, both of doctrine and example; and in the making and executing of good laws to which individual persons may apply their own cases.

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„People with real power never fear of losing it. People with control think of little else.“

—  Joss Whedon American director, writer, and producer for television and film 1964

"Mom, He's Doing It Again..", at Whedonesque.com (10 November 2007) http://whedonesque.com/comments/14699#more

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„There is no moral difference between a Stealth bomber and a suicide bomber. They both kill innocent people for political reasons.“

—  Tony Benn British Labour Party politician 1925 - 2014

Question Time (22 March 2007).
2000s
Contexto: I was born about a quarter of a mile from where we are sitting now and I was here in London during the Blitz. And every night I went down into the shelter. 500 people killed, my brother was killed, my friends were killed. And when the Charter of the UN was read to me, I was a pilot coming home in a troop ship: 'We the peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind.' That was the pledge my generation gave to the younger generation and you tore it up. And it's a war crime that's been committed in Iraq, because there is no moral difference between a stealth bomber and a suicide bomber. Both kill innocent people for political reasons.

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„Little more can reasonably be aimed at, with respect to the people at large, than to have them properly armed and equipped; and in order to see that this be not neglected, it will be necessary to assemble them once or twice in the course of a year.“

—  Alexander Hamilton, O Federalista

No. 29
The Federalist Papers (1787–1788)
Contexto: A tolerable expertness in military movements is a business that requires time and practice. It is not a day, or even a week, that will suffice for the attainment of it. To oblige the great body of the yeomanry, and of the other classes of the citizens, to be under arms for the purpose of going through military exercises and evolutions, as often as might be necessary to acquire the degree of perfection which would entitle them to the character of a well-regulated militia, would be a real grievance to the people, and a serious public inconvenience and loss. It would form an annual deduction from the productive labor of the country, to an amount which, calculating upon the present numbers of the people, would not fall far short of the whole expense of the civil establishments of all the States. To attempt a thing which would abridge the mass of labor and industry to so considerable an extent, would be unwise: and the experiment, if made, could not succeed, because it would not long be endured. Little more can reasonably be aimed at, with respect to the people at large, than to have them properly armed and equipped; and in order to see that this be not neglected, it will be necessary to assemble them once or twice in the course of a year.

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„JU: Are you thin still?
M: Um, in a crowd, yes. In a crowd of very heavy people.“

—  Morrissey English singer 1959

From "LA Confidential", interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Mojo (April 2001)
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