We must either breed political capacity or be ruined by Democracy, which was forced on us by the failure of the older alternatives.
We have gone into the principles of Anarchism and Social-Democracy at great length.
They are not on speaking terms; and they have put before us three distinct and incompatible views of Social-Democracy.
Yet if Despotism failed only for want of a capable benevolent despot, what chance has Democracy, which requires a whole population of capable voters: that is, of political critics who, if they cannot govern in person for lack of spare energy or specific talent for administration, can at least recognize and appreciate capacity and benevolence in others, and so govern through capably benevolent representatives?
It is impossible to demonstrate that the initiative in sex transactions remains with Woman, and has been confirmed to her, so far, more and more by the suppression of rapine and discouragement of importunity, without being driven to very serious reflections on the fact that this initiative is politically the most important of all the initiatives, because our political experiment of democracy, the last refuge of cheap misgovernment, will ruin us if our citizens are ill bred.
There are no more uses of "democracy" in the book.
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Now class, say it all together, ’We are a democracy.’
Harper Lee -- To Kill a Mockingbird
It is true that we are called a democracy, for the administration is in the hands of the many and not of the few.