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Totalitarianism liquidates its internal enemies or smashes opposition as soon as it arises; it uses methods that are simple and infallible because they are undemocratic. But democracy can defend itself from within only very feebly; its internal enemy has an easy time of it because he exploits the right to disagree that is inherent in democracy.

 
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Jean-Francois Revel, Writer, How Democracies Perish, 1984

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Jean-Francois Revel
Jean-Francois Revel
  • Born: January 19, 1924
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Jean-François Revel was a French journalist, philosopher, and a member of the Académie française from June 1998 onwards. A socialist in his youth, Revel later became a prominent European proponent of classical liberalism and free market economics.

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