Churchill on Democracy

One of Churchill’s most famous quotes is that democracy is the worst form of government except all others (though he said something different and was quoting someone else). In a delightful 1954 speech accepting an honorary degree awarded in New York, though, he gave a more cheerful defense worth keeping in mind at this time:

”In a society where there is democratic tolerance and freedom under the law, many kinds of evils will crop up, but give them a little time and they usually breed their own cure. I do not see any reason to doubt the truth of that.  There is no country in the world where the process of self-criticism and self-correction is more active than in the United States.”

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