Archive for the ‘democracy’ Category

Quote of the day, June 14

June 17, 2017

David McCullough, on history 

“History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are. “

Quote of the day, May 3

May 3, 2017

Babasaheb Ambedkar, on democracy

“Democracy is not merely a form of government. It is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience. It is essentially an attitude of respect and reverence towards fellow men.”

Quote of the day, March 9

March 9, 2017

Roger Cohen, on the democracies (2016)

“Western democracies are in the midst of an upheaval they only dimly grasp. Virtual direct democracy through social media has outflanked representative democracy. The impact of the smartphone on the human psyche is as yet scarcely understood; its addictiveness is treacherous and it can be the enemy of thought.”

Quote of the day, March 1

March 1, 2017

George W. Bush, on the news media (2017)

“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We need the media to hold people like me to account. I mean, power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 12

February 12, 2017

Abraham Lincoln, speech to the 164th Ohio Regiment (1864)

“I wish it might be more generally and universally understood what the country is now engaged in. We have, all will agree, a free Government, where every man has a right to be equal with every other man. In this great struggle, this form of Government and every form of human right is endangered if our enemies succeed. There is more involved in this contest than is realised by every one. There is involved in this struggle the question whether you children and my children shall enjoy the privileges we have enjoyed. I say this in order to impress upon you, if you are already so impressed, that no small matter should divert yours from our great purpose.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 20

January 20, 2017

Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison (1787)

“A little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 9

January 9, 2017

Nat Hentoff, on freedom

“Those who created this country chose freedom. With all of its dangers. And do you know the riskiest part of that choice they made? They actually believed that we could be trusted to make up our own minds in the whirl of differing ideas. That we could be trusted to remain free, even when there were very, very seductive voices—taking advantage of our freedom of speech—who were trying to turn this country into the kind of place where the government could tell you what you can and cannot do.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 18

December 18, 2016

James Madison, on knowledge

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 17

October 17, 2016

Alexis de Tocqueville, on democracy (from Democracy in America)

“I do not know if the people of the United States would vote for superior men if they ran for office, but there can be no doubt that such men do not run.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 16

October 17, 2016

Isaac Asimov, on democracy

“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’