Top 25 Liberal Democracy Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Liberal Democracy Quotes from famous people such as Martha McSally, Martin Amis, Victor Ponta, Anne Applebaum, Stanley Hauerwas, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Ultimately, it's not our responsibility to turn Afghani

Ultimately, it’s not our responsibility to turn Afghanistan into a 21st-century, vibrant, economic, liberal democracy with a little L. Our responsibility is to keep Americans safe, to make sure we don’t have a failed state in a region. It’s not our responsibility to reconstruct Afghanistan.
Martha McSally
If every inhabitant of a liberal democracy believes in liberal democracy, then it doesn’t matter what creed or colour they are.
Martin Amis
Only together do Europe and the U.S. stand a chance of keeping liberal democracy as the central doctrine for organizing world affairs.
Victor Ponta
Russian scorn for liberal democracy has a long history, and a certain kind of Russian disdain for the West is nothing new. As far back as 1920, Lenin declared that parliaments were ‘historically obsolete’ and predicted that it was just a matter of time before they disappeared.
Anne Applebaum
To try to turn Iraq into a liberal democracy is absolutely crazy. Islam has no understanding of the separation between church and state because they don’t understand Islam to be a church.
Stanley Hauerwas
I think Russians today have a distorted picture of capitalism, liberal democracy and market economy.
Garry Kasparov
It should be no surprise that religion in the non-western world has failed to disappear under the juggernaut of industrial capitalism, or that liberal democracy finds its most dedicated saboteurs among the new middle classes.
Pankaj Mishra
I definitely think America should seek to lead and shape the world and make it safe for liberal democracy. I just don’t think military intervention is going to get us there.
Ro Khanna
To those who cynically say today that liberal democracy would be ‘obsolete,’ I reply: liberal democracy, human rights, freedom of the press and the rule of law were the right way, are the right way, and will be the right way.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
Christians – at least Christians in a liberal democracy – have accepted, after Thomas Hobbes, that they must obey the secular rule of law; that there must be a separation of church and state.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
China is not going to become a liberal democracy; if it did, it would collapse. I do not believe you can impose on other countries standards which are alien and totally disconnected with their past.
Lee Kuan Yew
Noam Chomsky has a book, which I read for the first time when I was in Spain, called ‘Fear of Democracy’. There is your answer. Fear of democracy. In Honduras, they had a sham democracy. It was run by elites, what was called a liberal democracy, but in reality was a false democracy.
Hugo Chavez
What we have to do is to definitively remove the last vestiges of power from those who treat terms such as ‘liberal democracy,’ ‘free markets’ and ‘Europe’ with suspicion.
Donald Tusk
Why should the idea of Western liberal democracy automatically imply unregulated free-market capitalism?
John Lanchester
Liberal democracy – as you know, in the old days, we were saying we want socialism with a human face. Today’s left effectively offers global capitalism with a human face, more tolerance, more rights and so on. So the question is, is this enough or not? Here I remain a Marxist: I think not.
Slavoj Zizek
Free speech is the foundation of an open and liberal democracy from college campuses to the White House.
Hasan Minhaj
‘Solutionism’ for me is, above all, an unthinking pursuit of perfection – by means of technology – without coming to grips with the fact that imperfection is an essential feature of liberal democracy.
Evgeny Morozov
Liberal Democracy is all about extending choice. Give people the option to decide their retirement age, and you immediately extend their freedom in a very significant way.
Charles Kennedy
I did not dwell on the issue of Europe during either the 2001 or the 2005 campaigns – despite it being a pivotal personal concern and despite seeing it as something of a litmus test for liberal democracy.
Charles Kennedy
Of all the principles which constitute Liberal Democracy, internationalism is the clearest, the most distinctive, and the one with the longest history.
Charles Kennedy
The only way that we can win over potential jihadists to liberal democracy is by winning the battle of ideas.
Maajid Nawaz
The crisis of Western values has many aspects, many faces. There is a decline in faith in liberal democracy, a loss of confidence in universal human rights, a collapse in support for all kinds of transnational projects.
Anne Applebaum
In a functioning liberal democracy, we cannot normalize political violence.
Andy Ngo
The notion that you can duff up a country for three months, pacify it for a bit longer and then miraculously transform it into a liberal democracy is just ludicrous. You might achieve some kind of democracy: it’s the liberal bit I take issue with.
David Starkey
The rise of populism has steadily coalesced movements of millions of people around its divisive us-against-them rhetoric, motivating so many more people to become active political campaigners and party members to champion the case for liberal democracy.
Jo Swinson