Democracy Quotes ( quotes)
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A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law. Everybody knows that corruption thrives in secret places, and avoids public places, and we believe it a fair presumption that secrecy means impropriety. Nothing checks all the bad practices of politics like public exposure.
Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman. US Supreme Court Justice — From a Fireside Chat radio broadcast. The voters, therefore, must be made as wise as possible. The welfare of the community requires that those who decide issues shall understand them.
They must know what they are voting about. And this, in turn, requires that so far as time allows, all facts and interests relevant to the problem shall be fully and fairly presented…As the self-governing community seeks, by the method of voting, to gain wisdom in action, it can find it only in the minds of its individual citizens.
If they fail, it fails. A philosopher, university administrator, and free-speech advocate. He served as dean of Brown University and president of Amherst College. The people have the right to know.
Freedom of information is their just heritage. Without that the citizens of a democracy have but changed their kings. United States, U. Speaker of the US House. It does so in two related ways. It helps to ensure first, that citizens have the information required to participate meaningfully in the democratic process, and secondly, that politicians and bureaucrats remain accountable to the citizenry. We believe this because we are convinced that it is ignorance, not knowledge, that makes enemies of men.
It is ignorance, not knowledge, that makes fighters of children. It is ignorance, not knowledge, that leads some to advocate tyranny over democracy.
It is ignorance, not knowledge, that makes some argue that human conflict is inevitable. It is ignorance, not knowledge, that makes others say that there are many worlds, when we know that there is one. It is time to dismantle government secrecy, this most persuasive of Cold War-era regulations. It is time to begin building the supports for the era of openness that is already upon us. It injures the people it seeks to serve; it damages its own integrity and operation.
It breeds distrust, dampens the fervor of its citizens and mocks their loyalty. Is it the private province of the government official, or does it belong to the public at large? I would argue that information gathered by public officials at public expense is owned by the public — just as the chairs and buildings and other physical assets used by government belong to the public.
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Looking for the Right to Information in the Commonwealth. Addressing the information and communication needs of the poor is also essential — the poor often lack information that is vital to their lives — information on basic rights and entitlements, information on public services, health, education, employment etc. They also lack visibility and voice to enable them to define policy priorities and access resources. This information must be accessible and understandable.
One of our greatest freedoms is to have a right to know what our government is doing. Director of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative U. And secrecy is power. Governments use it to hide corruption and incompetence, and to increase their unaccountable power. The secret government has no constitution. The rules it follows are the rules it makes up. Open government answers injustice rather than causing it plans which cause injustice are revealed and opposed before implementation.
Open government exposes, and so corrects, corruption. Historically, the most resilient form of open government is one where leaking and publication is easy. Public leaking, being an act of ethical defection to the majority, is by its nature a democratising force. Hence a system enables everyone to leak safely to a ready audience is the most cost effective means of promoting good government — in health and medicine, in food supply, in human rights, in arms controls and democratic institutions.
Conservatives desire a government that does not exceed its legitimate authority. Liberals desire a government that is accountable and responsive to the needs of the public. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.
The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all.
Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress.
The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel!
Robert A. Dahl
Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural. Don't fight for slavery!
Quotes on Democracy
In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it is written that the kingdom of God is within man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.
Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power. Let us all unite.