Liberty Quotation: Garry Kasparov on Liberty and Democracy

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garry_kasparov“Think of three fundamental documents that established in writing our definitions of modern civil society.  The English Bill of Rights, 1689.  The American Declaration of Independence, 1776.  The French Declaration of the Rights of Man, 1789.  So, how many times is the word “democracy” mentioned in them?  The answer is zero.  The method by which leaders were chosen was not yet a relevant issue.  The fundamental rights that defined the relationship between the government and the people, that is what mattered.”

Garry Kasparov, “The Influence of American Values,” Cato’s Letter (Summer 2014)