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The instinctive reaction to a populist uprising on the part of the political establishment and its media allies is usually to immediately denounce it and its leadership in the strongest possible terms — characterizing it as rooted in ignorance, prejudice, irrationality, emotionalism, and extremism.

This is probably the worst of all possible reactions because it fuels the very thing it professes to abhor. What is really required of the establishment if populism is to be prevented from going rogue, is a sincere and concentrated effort to understand and address its root concerns and causes.

Preston Manning

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“Let us go forth, the tellers of tales, and seize whatever prey the heart long for, and have no fear. Everything exists, everything is true, and the earth is only a little dust under our feet.”

W.B. Yeats

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It is a pity that my collection of trophies contains not a single Russian.
 

--- Manfred Von Richthofen 

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Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide  - John Adams

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22 minutes ago, Argus said:

Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide  - John Adams

That's a dumb statement. Switzerland is in fact the most democratic State in the world and is by far the most stable society in the world. 2% unemployment. Rich State. Rich citizens who are armed with firearms.

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29 minutes ago, QuebecOverCanada said:

That's a dumb statement. Switzerland is in fact the most democratic State in the world and is by far the most stable society in the world. 2% unemployment. Rich State. Rich citizens who are armed with firearms.

And Switzerland has been a democracy forever?

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Freedom of speech means freedom for those who you despise, and freedom to express the most despicable views. It also means that the government cannot pick and choose which expressions to authorize and which to prevent. - Alan Dershowitz

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17 hours ago, Argus said:

And Switzerland has been a democracy forever?

The Democracies who are the less Democratic (like France) tend to become authoritarian.

Switzerland has a system never tried before and never applied concretely anywhere except there.

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I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.

---Big Al
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22 hours ago, QuebecOverCanada said:

The Democracies who are the less Democratic (like France) tend to become authoritarian.

Switzerland has a system never tried before and never applied concretely anywhere except there.

I think you're missing the point.  Democracy is not guaranteed, and always needs to be defended for moving in the opposite direction.  And when Adams' said that, it was quite accurate.

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"After all it's not that awful. You know what the fellow said – in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long Holly." Orson Wells ad lib line in The Third Man (sometimes attributed to the author Graham Greene)

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"The measure of the rigor of a Science is the index of its ability to predict." Hal Schwartzberg, quoted by John W. Campbell in Analog Magazine Dec. 1970.

"It ain't what you don't know that hurts you the most; it's all them things you do know that ain't so." multiple attributions from Mark Twain to P.T. Barnum, quoted by John W. Campbell in Analog Magazine Dec. 1970.

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