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Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.
Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.
In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.
An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.
Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.
Like all of Latin America, Mexico after independence in 1821 turned its back on a triple heritage: on the Spanish heritage, because we were newly liberated colonies, and on our Indian and black heritages, because we considered them backward and barbaric. We looked towards France, England and the U.S., to become progressive democratic republics.
The slightest acquaintance with history shows that powerful republics are the most warlike and unscrupulous of nations.
Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.
Charles de Montesquieu
Before the military coup in Chile, we had the idea that military coups happen in Banana Republics, somewhere in Central America. It would never happen in Chile. Chile was such a solid democracy. And when it happened, it had brutal characteristics.
Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people.
The fake republics are goners; the monarchies have a fighting chance. That's my conclusion after a short visit to the Middle East and discussions with officials and analysts there.
As in Athens, the right to participate was restricted to men, just as it was also in all later democracies and republics until the twentieth century.
Robert A. Dahl
There is no question but that the laws and principles which Solon laid down both foreshadowed and prepared the way for all republics of later ages, including our own.
Robert W. Welch, Jr.
The Arab monarchies, especially Jordan and Morocco, are more legitimate than the false republics, with their stolen elections, regime-dominated courts and rubber-stamp parliaments.
Republics end through luxury; monarchies through poverty.
Charles de Secondat
It's essential for the U.S. and Europe to prevent Putin from going farther and reversing the hard-won independence of former Soviet republics.
The political power of the Country must fall eventually into the hands of certain great families as it always has done in other republics.
James L. Petigru
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