— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
„Fascism begins the moment a ruling class, fearing the people may use their political democracy to gain economic democracy, begins to destroy political democracy in order to retain its power of exploitation and special privilege.“
— Tommy Douglas Scottish-born Canadian politician 1904 - 1986
as quoted in Straight Through the Heart: How the Liberals Abandoned the Just Society (Harper and Collins: 1995), p. 243.
„No conception of democracy as geared toward reducing domination can ignore the relations between the political system and the distribution of income and wealth.“
— Ian Shapiro American political theorist 1956
The State of Democratic Theory (2003), Chapter 5. Democracy and Distribution.
„Trotsky had said that the workers were deflected from politics by sports. With my past I simply could not accept that. I was British and the history of those decades in Britain was very familiar to me, both the politics and the sport. The organisational drive for sport had come from Britain.“
— C. L. R. James, книга Beyond a Boundary
Beyond a Boundary (1963), p. 153
— Stuart Chase American economist 1888 - 1985
The Economy of Abundance (1934), p. 313, as quoted in The Road to Serfdom (1944), p. 124.
„Just as I'm opposed to political fascism, I'm opposed to economic fascism. I think that until major institutions of society are under the popular control of participants and communities, it's pointless to talk about democracy.“
— Noam Chomsky american linguist, philosopher and activist 1928
Quotes 1960s-1980s, 1970s, Context: Personally I'm in favor of democracy, which means that the central institutions in the society have to be under popular control. Now, under capitalism we can't have democracy by definition. Capitalism is a system in which the central institutions of society are in principle under autocratic control. Thus, a corporation or an industry is, if we were to think of it in political terms, fascist; that is, it has tight control at the top and strict obedience has to be established at every level -- there's a little bargaining, a little give and take, but the line of authority is perfectly straightforward. Just as I'm opposed to political fascism, I'm opposed to economic fascism. I think that until major institutions of society are under the popular control of participants and communities, it's pointless to talk about democracy. " One Man's View : Noam Chomsky interviewed by an anonymous interviewer http://www.chomsky.info/interviews/197305--.htm," Business Today, May 1973.
„Hope and optimism are irrepressible but there is a deep underlying premonition that the opposition to change is likely to be vicious. Often the anxious question is asked: will such an oppressive regime really give us democracy? And the answer has to be: democracy, like liberty, justice and other social and political rights, is not 'given', it is earned through courage, resolution and sacrifice.“
— Aung San Suu Kyi State Counsellor of Myanmar and Leader of the National League for Democracy 1945
In Quest of Democracy (1991)
— Joseph Stalin General secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1879 - 1953
Context: Social democracy is objectively the moderate wing of fascism.... These organisations (ie Fascism and social democracy) are not antipodes, they are twins. “Concerning the International Situation,” Works, Vol. 6, January-November, 1924, pp. 293-314.
„We enter the Reichstag to arm ourselves with democracy’s weapons. If democracy is foolish enough to give us free railway passes and salaries, that is its problem… We are coming neither as friends or neutrals. We come as enemies! As the wolf attacks the sheep, so come we.“
— Joseph Goebbels Nazi politician and Propaganda Minister 1897 - 1945
1920s, Why Do We Want to Join the Reichstag? Der Angriff, 30 April 1928
„His passing away is not only a great loss to the sports fraternity but that to the nation as avery popular man of art and culture and a great national political leader.“
— Sunil Dutt Hindi film actor 1929 - 2005
Randhir Singh (Indian Olympic Association Chairman)
„All the ousted regimes, as well as the oppressive regimes that have hung on during the Arab Spring, have now blessed Egypt's coup…a blossoming democracy in Cairo can easily spread throughout the Arab world…Those who support freedom and democracy in the Middle East, however, should resist the new tyranny in Cairo with all their might.“
— Tawakkol Karman Yemeni journalist, politician, human rights activist, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient 1979
2010s, Morsy is the Arab World's Mandela (2013)
„Fear and destructiveness are the major emotional sources of fascism, eros belongs mainly to democracy.“
— Theodor W. Adorno, книга The Authoritarian Personality
The Authoritarian Personality (1950), p. 976, co-written with Else Frenkel-Brunswik, Daniel Levinson, and Nevitt Sanford
— Ambrose Bierce American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist 1842 - 1914
Epigrams, p. 358
„Mocking the wisdom that comes with age is a fit sport only for those who expect never to attain much of it themselves.“
— Iain Banks, Culture series
Culture series, Inversions (1998), Chapter 7 (p. 127)
— William H. Gass, In the Heart of the Heart of the Country and Other Stories
„The peoples of Yugoslavia do not want Fascism. They do not want a totalitarian regime, they do not want to become slaves of the German and Italian financial oligarchy as they never wanted to become reconciled to the semi-colonial dependence imposed on them by the so-called Western democracies after the first imperialist war.“
— Josip Broz Tito Yugoslav revolutionary and statesman 1892 - 1980
Other, Jasper Ridley, Tito: A Biography (Constable and Company Ltd., 1994), p. 155.
„Putting it as strongly as I can, the failure to give free airtime for our political campaigns endangers our democracy.“
— Walter Cronkite American broadcast journalist 1916 - 2009
Free the Airwaves! (2002), Context: In our country, third-party candidates throughout the years have said there is not a dime's worth of difference between the candidates from the major parties. Well, that is clearly a campaign canard. But it may appear to be true if the public's knowledge of the important differences between candidates is limited to what the public sees and hears on television. Putting it as strongly as I can, the failure to give free airtime for our political campaigns endangers our democracy.
„The struggle between the two worlds [Fascism and Democracy] can permit no compromises. The new cycle which begins with the ninth year of the Fascist regime places the alternative in even greater relief — either we or they, either their ideas or ours, either our State or theirs!“
— Benito Mussolini Duce and President of the Council of Ministers of Italy. Leader of the National Fascist Party and subsequent Republican… 1883 - 1945
Undated, "Fundamentals of critical argumentation" (2005) by Douglas Walton, p. 243
„The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.“
— Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826
Misattributed, This quotation first appeared in Dreams Come Due: Government and Economics as if Freedom Mattered (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1986), p. 312, written under the pseudonym of John Galt. It is there attributed to Jefferson, but is not found anywhere in his works. See the Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/democracy-will-cease-to-exist-quotation.
„And now this movement is gearing up for its biggest challenge yet: They have called on people of all ages to join the and go on strike, all around the world, on September 20. Because protecting the future is not a spectator sport.“
— Naomi Klein Canadian author and activist 1970