"In this possibly terminal phase of human existence,
democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued --
they may be essential to survival."
Noam Chomsky
(1928- ) American linguist and political writer
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Democracy is the face of the statist theocracy. Democracy is the malfeasant justification to this subject terminal phase of human existence. The heart felt ideals of freedom, liberty, law, justice, and inalienable rights may be essential to survival.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Democracy does not work as can be evidenced by our present administration. They no longer give a damn what we think anyway.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Nice thought, but not at all clear that democracy is at all necessary... one of the most destabilizing forces in the world in the last decade (King George W) was democratically "elected" in by a nation that claims to hold freedom as a core value.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US     
    You cannot have freedom and democracy any more than you can have dry water or a cold fire! The Greek roots of democracy translate to RULE BY MAN. Democracy is a matter of convincing the majority that evil is good and that those who resist evil shall be ridiculed and punished. God forbids it Ex.23:2 and the Constitution precludes it. Art.4,Sec.4
     -- Dave Wilber, St. Louis     
    For democracy to work 51% of the people must be educated, compassionate, kind, loving, and thoughtful of the well-being of others. And, as I see it we are presently at about 10% so if we can get to 51% before we are slaughtered all the better.
     -- RBESRQ     
    The statement is quite correct, but if it's comming out of that guuy's mouth, it obviously means something else. He probably means that Democracy is the government telling you what to do, and Freedom is you doing it!
     -- Bob, Eugene, OR     
    Democracy must be limited by our Rights -- what exactly does democracy have to do with freedom? Two people voting against one does not necessarily foster Freedom. Collectivist thinking often confuses power with freedom and freedom with power.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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