„Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.“

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„Democracy is the most vile form of government.“

—  James Madison 4th president of the United States (1809 to 1817) 1751 - 1836

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„In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve.“

—  Alexis De Tocqueville French political thinker and historian 1805 - 1859

It was Joseph de Maistre who wrote in 1811 "Every nation gets the government it deserves."
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„Theoretically "democracy" means popular government; government by all for everybody by the efforts of all.“

—  Errico Malatesta Italian anarchist 1853 - 1932

Neither Democrats, Nor Dictators: Anarchists (1926)
Contexto: Theoretically "democracy" means popular government; government by all for everybody by the efforts of all. In a democracy the people must be able to say what they want, to nominate the executors of their wishes, to monitor their performance and remove them when they see fit.
Naturally this presumes that all the individuals that make up a people are able to form an opinion and express it on all the subjects that interest them. It implies that everyone is politically and economically independent and therefore no-one, to live, would be obliged to submit to the will of others. <!--
If classes and individuals exist that are deprived of the means of production and therefore dependent on others with a monopoly over those means, the so-called democratic system can only be a lie, and one which serves to deceive the mass of the people and keep them docile with an outward show of sovereignty, while the rule of the privileged and dominant class is in fact salvaged and consolidated. Such is democracy and such it always has been in a capitalist structure, whatever form it takes, from constitutional monarchy to so-called direct rule.

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„Democracy is not a form of government. It is a political philosophy that can be embodied in various systems of government.“

—  John Allen Fraser Canadian politician 1931

Fonte: The House Of Commons At Work (1993), Chapter 1, The System of Government, p. 5

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„States only administrate, while democracies govern.“

—  Abdullah Öcalan Founder of the PKK 1949

Fonte: The Political Thought of Abdullah Ocalan (2017), Democratic Confederalism, p. 39

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„Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965

Speech in the House of Commons (11 November 1947), published in 206–07 The Official Report, House of Commons (5th Series), 11 November 1947, vol. 444, cc. http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1947/nov/11/parliament-bill#column_206
Post-war years (1945–1955)
Variante: Democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others that have been tried.
Contexto: Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

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„This government has failed the Negro. This so-called democracy has failed the Negro.“

—  Malcolm X American human rights activist 1925 - 1965

The Ballot or the Bullet (1964), Speech in Cleveland, Ohio (April 3, 1964)
Contexto: You and I in America are faced not with a segregationist conspiracy, we’re faced with a government conspiracy. Everyone who’s filibustering is a senator—that’s the government. Everyone who’s finagling in Washington, D. C., is a congressman—that’s the government. You don’t have anybody putting blocks in your path but people who are a part of the government. The same government that you go abroad to fight for and die for is the government that is in a conspiracy to deprive you of your voting rights, deprive you of your economic opportunities, deprive you of decent housing, deprive you of decent education. You don’t need to go to the employer alone, it is the government itself, the government of America, that is responsible for the oppression and exploitation and degradation of black people in this country. And you should drop it in their lap. This government has failed the Negro. This so-called democracy has failed the Negro. And all these white liberals have definitely failed the Negro.

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„The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.“

—  Lewis Mumford American historian, sociologist, philosopher of technology, and literary critic 1895 - 1990

As quoted in Philosophers of the Earth : Conversations with Ecologists (1972) by Anne Chisholm

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„Democracy is in principle the suppression of class government, though it is not yet the actual suppression of classes.“

—  Eduard Bernstein German politician 1850 - 1932

Fonte: "Evolutionary Socialism" (1899) https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/bernstein/works/1899/evsoc/index.htm, Chapter III, The Tasks and Possibilities of Social Democracy

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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

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

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„Democracy has become confused with ignorance, lack of discipline, and low tastes“

—  Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Indian philosopher and statesman who was the first Vice President and the second President of India 1888 - 1975

Kalki : or The Future of Civilization (1929)
Contexto: Democracy has become confused with ignorance, lack of discipline, and low tastes … Though educational facilities are within the reach of large numbers, the level of culture is not high. It has become more easy to get into a college and more difficult to get educated. We are taught to read but not trained to think … Those who know better are afraid to speak out but keep step with the average mind. Uncivilized mass-impulses, crowd emotions and class-resentments have taken the place of authority and tradition.

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„The nation and the government in Germany are one thing. The will of the people is the will of the government and vice versa. The modern structure of the German State is a higher form of democracy [ennobled democracy] in which, by virtue of the people’s mandate, the government is exercised authoritatively while there is no possibility for parliamentary interference to obliterate and render ineffective the execution of the nation’s will.“

—  Joseph Goebbels Nazi politician and Propaganda Minister 1897 - 1945

“On National-Socialist Germany And Her Contribution Towards Peace.” Speech to the representatives of the international press at Geneva on September 28. 1933. German League of Nations Union News Service, PRO, FO 371/16728. Included within Völkerbund: Journal for International Politics, Ausgaben 1-103, 1933, p.16
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