„People who do not know what government is are not likely to know what democracy is either, for democracy is only what the soft inside of the oyster looks like.“

Elmer Eric Schattschneider8
American political scientist 1892 - 1971

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„Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.“

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„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
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„The incoming government is not going to leave our people in the dark. likes to know what the story is.“

—  Enda Kenny Irish Fine Gael politician and Taoiseach 1951
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„Democracy, republics: What do these words signify?“

—  Haile Selassie Emperor of Ethiopia 1892 - 1975
Context: Democracy, republics: What do these words signify? What have they changed in the world? Have men become better, more loyal, kinder? Are the people happier? All goes on as before, as always. Illusions, illusions. Besides, one should consider the interest of a nation before subverting it with words. Democracy is necessary in some cases and We believe some African peoples might adopt it. But in other cases it is harmful, a mistake. Interview with Oriana Fallaci in The Chicago Tribune (24 June 1973).

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