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25. Society / C. Political Doctrines / 5. Democracy / a. Nature of democracy

[what democracy is]

18 ideas
It is better to be poor in a democracy than be rich without freedom [Democritus]
Democracy is the best constitution for friendship, because it encourages equality [Aristotle]
The many may add up to something good, even if they are inferior as individuals [Aristotle]
Like water, large numbers of people are harder to corrupt than a few [Aristotle]
If one despises illiterate mechanics individually, they are not worth more collectively [Cicero]
Unfortunately the majority do not tend to favour what is best [Seneca]
Majority opinion is visible and authoritative, although not very clever [Pascal]
Unanimous consent makes a united community, which is then ruled by the majority [Locke]
The people have supreme power, to depose a legislature which has breached their trust [Locke]
If deputies represent people, they are accountable, but less so if they represent places [Montesquieu]
Minorities only accept majority-voting because of a prior unanimous agreement [Rousseau]
If the sovereign entrusts government to at least half the citizens, that is 'democracy' [Rousseau]
Democracy leads to internal strife, as people struggle to maintain or change ways of ruling [Rousseau]
When ministers change the state changes, because they always reverse policies [Rousseau]
People who transact their own business will also have the initiative to control their government [Mill]
Democracy is organisational power in decline [Nietzsche]
Democrats are committed to a belief and to its opposite, if the majority prefer the latter [Scruton]
Democracy is the best compromise between legitimacy and efficiency [Reybrouck]