"Liberty requires restraints on popularly-elected leaders,
as well as from minorities, so that the individual is protected
from undue and arbitrary coercion by the state.
These restraints are provided by a plurality
of more or less equal and independent groups
which check and balance one another's power."
by:
William Kornhauser
(1925-2004) Professor
Source:
The Politics of Mass Society, 1959
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There is no way to restrain a politician except not re-elect them. They have made so many rules in their favor, it is difficult for any challenger to win.
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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     -- allison, austin      
     -- jim k, Austin      
    Accurate enough maybe a little awkwardly stated but overall, I like it. By example, I'm not sure liberty in and of itself "requires" but rather, the protection of what liberty describes requires vigilance in an atmosphere evil or aspiring men.

     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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