Democracy Voting Quotes

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Thomas L. Friedman
“When widely followed public figures feel free to say anything, without any fact-checking, it becomes impossible for a democracy to think intelligently about big issues.”
Thomas L. Friedman

Harry Truman
“[The American President] has to take all sorts of abuse from liars and demagogues.… The people can never understand why the President does not use his supposedly great power to make ’em behave. Well, all the President is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.”
Harry S. Truman

George Orwell
“The ruling power is always faced with the question, ‘In such and such circumstances, what would you do?’, whereas the opposition is not obliged to take responsibility or make any real decisions.”
George Orwell

Mehmet Murat ildan
“When a stupid government is elected in a democratic country, the best thing about this is that you learn the number of stupid people in that country!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

“A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.”
Bill Vaughan

Abhijit Naskar
“In a society where the majority choose charisma over character, democracy does more harm than good to the actual progress of that society”
Abhijit Naskar

Mehmet Murat ildan
“As long as there exist stupid people supporting stupid governments in their countries, people living in those countries will continue fluttering badly in the cesspool created by this utter foolishness!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Abhijit Naskar
“It makes people feel good to say that all opinions are equal, because somehow, they correlate equality of opinions with equality of human dignity. And that's exactly where lies one of the most disgraceful and harmful perceptual errors of the society, that leads to an unfit government.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Constitution of The United Peoples of Earth

Abhijit Naskar
“A plumber's opinion about the universe is way inferior than that of a physicist, but that doesn't make the plumber inferior to a physicist. Likewise, a physicist's opinion about plumbing is way inferior to that of a plumber, but that doesn't make the physicist an inferior being. The problem is, the society uses profession as the measure of the person, while in reality, the only way to measure a person is through his or her behavior with other people. No one is inferior to no one. All humans are equal, but not everyone has the mental capacity to decide what's best for harmony and progress of a people.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Constitution of The United Peoples of Earth

“when the democrats choose not to be democratic, democracy fails to be democratic.”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

John Perkins
“Jika para pemberi suara tidak tahu alat terpenting yang dimanfaatkan pemimpin mereka, bisakah bangsa tersebut mengklaim sebagai bangsa yang demokratis?”
John Perkins, The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals & the Truth about Global Corruption

“If voting doesn't change anything, it is just a drama of democracy.”
Shesh Nath Vernwal

Mehmet Murat ildan
“If you are stupid enough not to know the difference between the devil and the angel, you quickly find the devil! This is what happens to most people in democracies just after elections!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Abhijit Naskar
“All humans are equal, but not everyone has the mental capacity to decide what's best for harmony and progress of a people.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Constitution of The United Peoples of Earth

Will Durant
“Men are not content with a simple life: they are acquisitive, ambitious, competitive, and jealous; they soon tire of what they have, and pine for what they have not; and they seldom desire anything unless it belongs to others.

The result is the encroachment of one group upon the territory of another, the rivalry of groups for the resources of the soil, and then war.

Trade and finance develop, and bring new class-divisions. "Any ordinary city is in fact two cities, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich, each at war with the other; and in either division there are smaller ones - you would make a great mistake if you treated them as single states".

A mercantile bourgeoisie arises, whose members seek social position through wealth and conspicuous consumption: "they will spend large sums of money on their wives".

These changes in the distribution of wealth produce political changes: as the wealth of the merchant over-reaches that of the land-owner, aristocracy gives way to a plutocratic oligarchy - wealthy traders and bankers rule the state. Then statesmanship, which is the coordination of social forces and the adjustment of policy to growth, is replaced by politics, which is the strategy of parts and the lust of the spoils of office.

Every form of government tends to perish by excess of its basic principle.

Aristocracy ruins itself by limiting too narrowly the circle within which power is confined; oligarchy ruins itself by the incautious scramble for immediate wealth.

In rather case the end is revolution.

When revolution comes it may seem to arise from little causes and petty whims, but though it may spring from slight occasions it is the precipitate result of grave and accumulated wrongs; when a body is weakened by neglected ills, the merest exposure may bring serious disease.

Then democracy comes: the poor overcome their opponents, slaughtering some and banishing the rest; and give to the people an equal share of freedom and power.

But even democracy ruins itself by excess – of democracy. Its basic principle is the equal right of all to hold office and determine public policy.

This is at first glance a delightful arrangement; it becomes disastrous because the people are not properly equipped by education to select the best rulers and the wisest courses.

As to the people they have no understanding, and only repeat what their rulers are pleased to tell them; to get a doctrine accepted or rejected it is only necessary to have it praised or ridiculed in a popular play (a hit, no doubt, at Aristophanes, whose comedies attacked almost every new idea). Mob-rule is a rough sea for the ship of state to ride; every wind of oratory stirs up the waters and deflects the course.

The upshot of such a democracy is tyranny or autocracy; the crowd so loves flattery, it is so “hungry for honey” that at last the wiliest and most unscrupulous flatterer, calling himself the “protected of the people” rises to supreme power. (Consider the history of Rome).

The more Plato thinks of it, the more astounded he is at the folly of leaving to mob caprice and gullibility the selection of political officials – not to speak of leaving it to those shady and wealth-serving strategists who pull the oligarchic wires behind the democratic stage.

Plato complains that whereas in simpler matters – like shoe-making – we think only a specially-trained person will server our purpose, in politics we presume that every one who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state.”
Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers

“Democracy is like spider web. If any negligible right decision falls into them they entrap it. But big wrong decision break through & escape it.”
Atef Ashab Uddin Sahil

Criss Jami
“Civic duty? Perhaps it would be a little naive to try to coerce me into voting. I assure you my basic standards of healthy living are very different from yours, which is the reason I do not vote. You should note that, as nonsensical a scenario, if forced to choose I would most definitely rather live in a failing, Christ-honoring, God-fearing nation than a flourishing one that mocks said Creator. Beware of my personal ambitions.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Abhijit Naskar
“At the current mental maturity of the human species, democracy is as barbarian and degrading as dictatorship - it just doesn’t feel that way, because of the illusory sense of control.”
Abhijit Naskar

Abhijit Naskar
“For the people to have power, it is imperative that the people are competent, not simply intellectually, but in their entire psychological realm.”
Abhijit Naskar

“Democracy is like money; it is fake and unreal, the more people believe in it, the more tangible it becomes until it is the main currency of the kingdom; a fake benevolent form of trade is what it is.”
Lamine Pearlheart, To Life from the Shadows

The poor of the country feel that they are given weightage by the political parties
“The poor of the country feel that they are given weightage by the political parties because they need their votes and election being the day when they bathe and dress up better because it's their day when they are given importance by High-end people.”
Vivek Narayan Sharma, Electionomics

Mehmet Murat ildan
“In a democracy where the ignorant are in the majority, democracy always slides towards autocracy.”
Mehmet Murat ildan

“Last night I taught my daughter about democracy by asking her to vote for the pizza she wanted to eat and then I ordered fried rice because I am the one with the money.”
Bhushan Mahadani