“The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free …”

“The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.”

— Lord John Dalberg-Acton, The History of Freedom in Antiquity, 1877

 

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“The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority …”

“The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather if that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.”

— Lord Acton, in a review of Sir Thomas Erskine May’s Democracy in Europe (1877)

 

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