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)

Liberty Quotation: Lord Acton on the Tyranny of the Majority

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Sir John Dalberg-Acton“The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority; or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.”

Sir John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, The History of Freedom and Other Essays

Liberty Quotation of the Day: H.L. Mencken on the Two-Party System and Fitness to Rule

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hlmencken“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule—and both commonly succeed, and are right.”

H.L. Mencken, Minority Report [1956]