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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

5 little questions for lovers of Democracy

“In the course of my life I have developed five little democratic* questions. If one meets a powerful person — Adolf Hitler, Joe Stalin or Bill Gates — ask them five questions: ‘What power have you got? Where did you get it from? In whose interests do you exercise it? To whom are you accountable? And how can we get rid of you?’ If you cannot get rid of the people who govern you, you do not live in a democratic system.”

British peer Anthony Wedgewood Benn, in 2001, addressing House of Commons.

* (small "d"...not the Democratic party)