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Distinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry are by their very nature odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality. Harlan Stone
In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of state shape its institutions; later the institutions shape the chiefs of state. Charles de Montesquieu
In properly organized groups no faith is required; what is required is simply a little trust and even that only for a little while, for the sooner a man begins to verify all he hears the better it is for him. George Gurdjieff
The Health Service is the closest thing the English have to a religion. Nigel Lawson
There is complete disdain for all that exists .... History, society, and the economics of present institutions are all minor issues in choosing a reform program ... Peter Murrell
New York City has always had more in common with Paris or London than with Cincinnati. Adam Moss
The United States should be devoting a larger percentage of its vast resources to making the world safe for capitalism and democracy ... the proper role of an imperial America is to establish these institutions where they are lacking, if necessary ... by military force. Imposing democracy on all the world's "rogue states" would not push the U. S. Defense budget much above 5 percent of GDP... establishing the rule of law in such countries would pay a long run dividend as their trade revised and expanded. Niall Ferguson
Personalist regimes mute factional differences the most .... Dictators usually retain the loyalty of elites through some combination of coercion, personal favors, and material rewards. Elites are frequently rotated or jailed to avoid factionalism. The military is usually a depersonalized instrument for the dictator's power, holding no sense of independent institutional identity. Divisions between so-called hard-liners and soft-liners are virtually non-existent... C. William Waldorf Jr.
Liberty regulated by law is the underlying principle of our institutions. John Marshall Harlan
Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind Immanuel Kant
Any institution which does not suppose the people good, and the magistrate corruptible is evil. Maximilien Robespierre
No commission created in this town has automatic credibility. You have to earn it. Lee H. Hamilton
Political institutions are a superstructure resting on an economic foundation. Vladimir Lenin
We cannot put into the Constitution, owing to existing prejudices and existing institutions, an entire exclusion of all class distinctions. William Pitt Fessenden
We can fight a good war. If we get involved in a war where we feel our survival is threatened, we will dedicatedly fight. But I think any dedicated institution, especially a religious organization, will do that. That is the history of religion. David Miscavige
Heretics are no longer burned at the stake. But they are marginalized by cultural and educational institutions. Roger Scruton
You must recollect that our situation is different from that of other towns in the Eastern part of the State, which have always enjoyed the benefits of churches, schools & other civilizing influences. We have always been a frontier Town, where the wild & reckless sons of the Plains have congregated, their influences are still felt here, but we are rapidly overcoming them, let us alone & we will work out our own salvation in due season. I flatter myself that I know how to handle the boys, they cannot be driven. Please do not borrow trouble Governor about the conduct or management of Dodge City. Robert Wright
Democratic societies with established institutions must help those societies that do not yet have established institutions. Manmohan Singh
Democracy in the Middle East has to be front-loaded. You have to have elections first and then try and build democratic institutions. You are not going to have the dictators and clerics of the Middle East allow you to build up democratic institutions slowly. Reuel Marc Gerecht
If … corruption is a cultural problem, providing institutional frameworks to combat the problem will do little to redress it …. One cannot redress cultural ailments with a structural remedy. Nicholas A. Goodling
The states secret privilege is the most basic of government privileges—it protects survival of the state, from which all other institutions derive. Brian Z. Tamanaha
Industrial America always wanted to have America characterized by strong institutions. Michael Barone
When laws, customs, or institutions cease to be beneficial to man, they cease to be obligatory. Henry Ward Beecher
One test of leaders is how they make sure that their ideas and programs will live on after they’re gone. Michael Beschloss
It is not slogans or bullets but only institutions that can make (and keep) people free. Daniel J. Boorstin
Institutions and laws, when they are in conformity with the natural law and ordered to the common good, are the guarantees of people's freedom and of the promotion of that freedom … Catholic Church
Primacy of persons over structures. Catholic Church
We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us. Winston Churchill
We have a maxim in the House of Commons, and written on the walls of our house, that old ways are safest and surest ways. Edward Coke
Institutions-government, churches, industries, and the like-have properly no other function than to contribute to human freedom; and in so far as they fail, on the whole, to perform this function, they are wrong and need reconstruction. Charles Horton Cooley
She [Margaret Thatcher] cannot see an institution without hitting it with her handbag. Julian Critchley
Individuals may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation. Benjamin Disraeli
God bless our American institutions. May they grow better day by day. Samuel Gompers
It's one thing to fight individual members of Congress on individual issues, but if you fight the institution, it will collectively fight back. Julius W. Hobson Jr.
The United Nations is an indispensable but deeply flawed institution. Richard Holbrooke
Next to religion, baseball has had a greater impact on the American people than any other institution. Herbert Hoover
Great institutions can only be reformed by stealth or by revolution. William Ralph Inge
Distinction in society will always exist under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions. Andrew Jackson
Institutions, both public and private, exist because the people want them, believe in them, or at least are willing to tolerate them. The day has passed when business was a private matter—if it ever really was. In a business society, every act of business has social consequences. Robert Wood Johnson
We must not be willing to disinter the origins of those [institutions] we wish to preserve. Joseph Joubert
The safety and happiness of society are the objects at which all political institutions aim and to which all such institutions must be sacrificed. James Madison
What institution is insusceptible of abuse in wicked hands? Thomas Jefferson
Institutions are more powerful than men. Karl Marx
A people may be unprepared for good institutions; but to kindle a desire for them is a necessary part of the preparation. John Stuart Mill
Laws and institutions require to be adapted, not to good men, but to bad John Stuart Mill
Political institutions (however the proposition may be at times ignored) are the work of men; owe their origin and their whole existence to human will. Men did not wake on a summer morning and find them sprung up John Stuart Mill
… the great vitality and durability of institutions which place right on the side of might John Stuart Mill
In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of the state shape its institutions; later, the institutions shape the chiefs of state. Charles de Montesquieu
No important institution is ever merely what the law makes it. It accumulates about itself traditions, conventions, ways of behavior, which ... are not less formidable in their influence. Harold J. Laski
They talk about conscription as being a democratic institution. Yes; so is a cemetery. Meyer London
The people of this country come first—not the institutions. Joseph P. Kennedy III
People don't want to hear bad news. They don't want their institutions criticized. Paul Kennedy
We must liberate our concepts of justice, our laws and legal institutions from the bonds which hold a tight grip on us although they are incompatible with the needs of our century. Kemal Ataturk
Male homosexuality, in particular, seems to possess some quality of being intrinsically subversive when let loose in long-established institutions, especially male dominated ones. John Derbyshire
There is no such thing as a private institution in America; there is no such thing as a public institution. Private institutions go after public money and public institutions go after private money. Vartan Gregorian
Blood has always flowed before great ideas could settle into actual institutions, or before the yearnings of humanity could become realities. Francis Lieber
It is the enormity of existing economic disparities that convinces me that only through new partnerships and coalitions, which unite private, public and quasi-public institutions, can they be overcome. David J. O'Reilly
People who bear the brunt of dominant economic and military power have always resented, even hated, the subordination they experience while admiring grudgingly the institutions that sustain the subordination. John Waterbury
Free elections are only one part of democracy. Constraint on the power of government and the rule of law and the institutions of democracy are just as important. George Soros
Today the children of our public schools are taught more of the history, heroes, legends, and sagas of the old world than of the land of their birth while they are furnished with little material on the people and institutions that are truly American. Standing Bear
How pathetic indeed are the efforts of those leaders of human institutions who, in utter disregard of the spirit of the age, are striving to adjust national processes, suited to the ancient days of self-contained nations, to an age which must either achieve the unity of the world … or perish. Shoghi Effendi
No truly sophisticated proponent of repression would be stupid enough to shatter the facade of democratic institutions. Murray B. Levin
No one can be truly powerful unless he has access to the command of major institutions, for it is over these institutional means of power that the truly powerful are, in the first instance, truly powerful... C. Wright Mills
You can always hear the people who are willing to sacrifice somebody else's life. They're plenty loud and they talk all the time. You can find them in churches and schools and newspapers and legislatures and congress. That's their business. They sound wonderful. Death before dishonor. This ground sanctified by blood. These men who died so gloriously. They shall not have died in vain. Our noble dead. Dalton Trumbo
A person who publicly denigrates Turkishness, the Republic or the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, shall be punishable by imprisonment of between six months and three years. A person who publicly denigrates the Government of the Republic of Turkey, the judicial institutions of the State, the military or security organizations shall be punishable by imprisonment of between six months and two years. Turkey
Of all our institutions public education is the most important. Everything depends on it, the present and the future. Napoleon Bonaparte
I hated school so intensely. It interfered with my freedom. Sigrid Undset
Civil Society is a cluster of institutions and associations strong enough to prevent tyranny, but which are, none the less, entered and left freely, rather than imposed by birth or sustained by awesome ritual. You can join the Labour Party without slaughtering a sheep. Ernest Andre Gellner
Corporate America has conceived a Bicentennial plan to manipulate, the mass psychology of an entire nation back into conformity with its vision of what the American life should be The strategy will be to speak of the greatness of America to those who feel insignificant; to speak of patriotic commitment to those who feel isolated and contused. The long range goal is to convince people that the problems facing America can be solved by existing institutions. Peoples Bicentennial Commission
Africa does not need more exhortations. She needs support in strengthening her structures. She needs concrete resources with which to pursue her course of action. Jakaya Kikwete
while the modern historical school of economists appear to be only exploring the monuments of the past, they are really shaking the foundations of many of our institutions in the present. Arnold J. Toynbee
There are obvious problems and tensions, emanating from the plural legal system. The varied nature of the cultural, ethnic and linguistic composition of the various communities of the population means that the customary law differs significantly from community to community. This poses serious challenges to policy-makers bent on developing the institutions of the modern state amongst a population that is largely illiterate. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
I am aware of the fragility of good political institutions. I never take them for granted. I am always attentive to the ways in which, particularly, collective ideologies of purity -- be it religious purity, racial purity, or national purity -- can go wrong. Seyla Benhabib
The real problem is that Saudi Arabia is bogged down by deep-rooted Islamic extremism in most schools and mosques, which have become breeding grounds for terrorists. We cannot solve the terrorism problem as long as it is endemic to our educational and religious institutions. . Mansour Al-Nogaidan
There’s no institution that you can trust all the time. Peter Campos
I have seen in the Halls of Congress more idealism, more humaneness, more compassion, more profiles of courage than in any other institution that I have ever known. Hubert Horatio Humphery
You do not turn a country with no democratic tradition into a democracy by just having an election. You must also have democratic institutions like the rule of law. Howard Dean
Institutions are more important than the individual leaders. Kofi Annan
[Marriage is] something more than a mere contract. It is rather to be deemed an institution of society, founded upon consent and contract of the parties. Joseph Story
[Marriage is] an institution, in the maintenance of which in its purity the public is deeply interested. Stephen J. Field
Marriage, as creating the most important relation in life, as having more to do with the morals and civilization of a people than any other institution, has always been subject to the control of the legislature. Stephen J. Field
The political control of truth quite naturally calls up Orwellian impressions, but in fact the manipulation of knowledge goes deeper than censorship and is more subtle than outright propaganda. It can include conditions under which research will be funded and given a forum, and also the designation of legitimacy to be conferred or withheld in specific fields of inquiry. Jobs, tenure, professional advancement, all can come to depend on taking the approved line. Along with these comes the adjacent phenomenon of the "institute" and "think tank," in most cases with official backing of one sort or another. And then too, there is the way universities pressure their faculties to bring in big money by securing government projects. What all this scrambling means is that in the struggle of memory against forgetting we must compete with official versions and special interests, with public and private demands for serviceable knowledge, with the kinds of on-line information geared to short-term needs. Amid this din the scholar’s independent voice is hard to hear. Terrence des Pres
The speed with which armies collapse, bureaucracies abdicate, and social structures dissolve once the autocrat is removed frequently surprises American Policy makers. Jeane Kirkpatrick
When you undermine faith in a system, your child may not necessarily see the difference between the politician who is no longer respected and the policeman, the teacher, the parent. Margaret O'Shaughnessy Heckler
Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also and keep pace with the times Thomas Jefferson
Societies' abilities to cope with the unknown depend on the flexibility of their institutions and individuals, and on their capacity to experiment freely with alternative forms of adaptation to the risks which threaten them. William C. Clark
We ought to remain skeptical of our own institutions. Barry McCaffrey
Reducing poverty is a political challenge. It involves overcoming class-based interests in inequality and it requires effective institutions to deliver resources to and create opportunities for the poor, frequently in the face of local opposition. When poor women are the target of these kinds of interventions, resistance can be even more intense than opposition to pro-poor measures…. Notions of gender equality are profoundly counter-cultural in many societies …. Efforts to promote women’s equal entitlements to resources and equal opportunities to flourish in their productive and private lives encounter considerable social resistance. This resistance is often shared by development workers - from the top-level decision-makers to the "street-level" workers who implement policy Ashu Pasricha
The social order and its development must constantly yield to the good of the person, since the order of things must be subordinate to the order of persons and not the other way around.... Catholic Church
An elite has prospered with our kinds of institutions, but the same cannot be said of the masses. Niall Ferguson
It’s not one thing that eliminates corruption. It requires a number of factors: Education, institutions, accountability … It takes a lot of time and a lot of effort. Paul Kagame
Americans of all ages, all stations of life, and all types of disposition are forever forming associations... In democratic countries knowledge of how to combine is the mother of all other forms of knowledge; on its progress depends that of all the others. Alexis de Tocqueville
Democracy and freedom … are based on democratic institutions, the rule of law, and a civil society. None of these Arab states have any of these to any significant degree. Robert M. Gates
Among other things the Russian experiment, no less than the experience of Socialist parties in Western Europe which have got some degree of power, shows clearly that not even the most cataclysmic revolution can create overnight those habits of mind and that social machinery necessary to the successful functioning of a new social order. Norman Thomas
It's appropriate for people to pursue their profit motive in business. If you want to change that, you're going against human nature. But when it comes to setting the rules or creating the institutions, then you should have the general interest at heart. George Soros
I trust the American People more than American Institutions. Tom Coburn
Innovation never comes from the established institutions. Eric Schmidt
The patent system was established, I believe, to protect the lone inventor. In this it has not succeeded. … The patent system protects the institutions which favor invention. Ernst F. W. Alexanderson
… the unjust institutions which work so much misery and suffering to the masses have their root in governments, and owe their whole existence to the power derived from government. Lucy E. Parsons
… loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its officeholders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death. Mark Twain
Every human institution (justice included) will stretch a little, if you only pull it the right way. Wilkie Collins
… my kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its office-holders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous. Mark Twain
International institutions like the UN can only be as effective as its members allow it to be. Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Independently of its misdeeds, the mere power, — the bare existence of such a power, — is a thing irreconcilable with the nature and spirit of our institutions Nicholas Philip Trist
If freedom means the right to do pretty much as one pleases, so long as one does not interfere with others, the immigrant has found freedom, and the ruling element has been singularly liberal in its treatment of the invading hordes. But if freedom means a democratic cooperation in determining the ideals and purposes and industrial and social institutions of a country, then the immigrant has not been free, and Anglo- Saxon element is guilty of just what every dominant race is guilty of in every European country: the imposition of its own culture upon the minority peoples. The fact that this imposition has been so mild and, indeed, semi- conscious does not alter its quality. Randolph Bourne
A much better course would be a gradual development of democracy, not through general elections, but rather through civil society and the strengthening of local institutions. Bernard Lewis
Ideas appropriate to a past social order have a strange power of influencing thought and action within a later institutional framework. Eric Roll
A republican is someone who defends public institutions and democratic values, someone who is a defender of public life, someone who respects the principles of liberty, so in that sense we are very calm and at ease. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
No woman is really an insider in the institutions fathered by masculine consciousness. Adrienne Rich
There are persons who constantly clamor. They complain of oppression, speculation, and pernicious influence of wealth. They cry out loudly against all banks and corporations, and a means by which small capitalists become united in order to produce important and beneficial results. They carry on mad hostility against all established institutions. They would choke the fountain of industry and dry all streams. Daniel Webster
Education proceeds ultimately from the patterns furnished by institutions, customs, and laws. John Dewey
Individualities may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation. Benjamin Disraeli
We find—in the case of political affairs—that the most servile submission to privileged classes, and the grossest abuses of power by these, have been the precursors of the wildest ebullitions of popular fury,—of the overthrow indiscriminately of ancient institutions, good and bad. Richard Whately
Revolutions of state, many times, make way for new institutions and forms; and often determine in either setting up some tyranny at home, or bringing in some conquest from abroad. William Temple
How oppressive the best institutions become in the course of a few generations …. shall a system of government or religion … endure for ever? Johann Gottfried von Herder
We have created a Star Wars civilization but we have Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions and godlike technology. That's dangerous. Edward O. Wilson
The United States is living through an era of unprecedented elite failure, in which America’s public institutions are understandably distrusted and our leadership class is justifiably despised. Yet politicians of both parties are required, by the demands of partisanship, to embrace the convenient lie that our problem can be pinned exclusively on the other side’s elites — as though both liberals and conservatives hadn’t participated in the decisions that dug our current hole. Ross Douthat
History proves to us that the state, government, religion, church, all public institutions, are the only means by which wild and animal man obtains his small share of reason and justice. Hippolyte Taine
Most of us are a lot more comfortable thinking about and writing about individuals than institutions. David Broder
We had a revolution 2 years ago, and we see a people moving from a completely authoritarian system into a democracy. They don’t know how democracy works. They don’t know the ingredients of a democracy. Mohamed El Baradei
In a democracy, when you have 20 million people in the street, you resign. Unfortunately, we don’t have a process of recall or impeachment as you have. It was a popular uprising rejecting Mr. Morsi’s continuing in power. Unfortunately, people had to call on the army to intervene. The army had to intervene because short of that, we would have ended up in a civil war. Mohamed El Baradei
Real freedom will require many changes in the nation’s political and social philosophies and institutions. A. Philip Randolph
Stable liberal democracy requires more than just a shift in political forms; it also involves eliminating the antidemocratic social, cultural, and economic legacies of the old regime. Such a process takes lots of time and effort, over multiple tries. Historically, most initial transitions have been the beginning of a democratization process, not the end of it—something that the tortured histories of today’s mature liberal democracies make clear. Sheri Berman
The biggest drag on global growth in the coming decade will be war, corruption, and imperfect institutions. Dean S. Karlan
We have institutions, but they don’t work. We have laws, but they must be enforced. Mikhail Gorbachev
The desire for a democratic political system does not by itself create the capacity for establishing one. Michael Mandelbaum
Putting the principle of liberty into practice requires institutions: functional legislatures, government bureaucracies, and full-fledged legal system with police, lawyers, prosecutors, and impartial judges…. And the relevant institutions must be firmly anchored in values: people must believe in the importance of protecting … zones of social and civic life from state interference. Michael Mandelbaum
Within each country’s borders, different view exist of the obligations of individual citizens to one another, of provinces and cities to their neighbors, of the large and the small entities to the polity—corporations, churches, and other institutions—to society as a whole. David Rothkopf
Institutions may crumble and governments fall, but it is only that they may renew a better youth, and mount upwards like the eagle. George Bancroft
There can be no peace or coexistence between the Islamic faith and non-Islamic societies and political institutions. The failure of these institutions to function and the instability of these regimes in Muslim countries, manifest in frequent changes and coups d'état, is most often the consequence of their a priori opposition to Islam, as the fundamental and foremost feeling of the people in those countries. Alija Izetbegovic
… institutions have lost their credibility, not because they don't operate but rather because they operate behind closed doors; they have not been opened to the Chilean people. Karol Cariola
Without general elections, without freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, without the free battle of opinions, life in every public institution withers away, becomes a caricature of itself, and bureaucracy rises as the only deciding factor. Rosa Luxemburg
A country that does not have stable institutions and a clear constitution cannot be successful. Macky Sall
A lot of the differences between left and right now are differences about the liberal welfare state, about a set of institutions established in America in the middle of the 20th century … that exist in pursuit of an egalitarian ideal. Yuval Levin
Understanding the spirit of our institutions to aim at the elevation of men, I am opposed to whatever tends to degrade them. Abraham Lincoln
Present day American capitalism—for all our misgivings about it—at least leaves room for free institutions to flower and survive. Socialist Commentary
In the France of today, the only class with a doctrine is the working class…. The only one … safeguarding the democratic institutions. Jean-Paul Sartre
History will judge societies and governments — and their institutions — not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless. Cesar Chavez
Every institution goes through three stages — utility, privilege, and abuse. Francois Rene de Chateaubriand
There can be no peace or coexistence between the Islamic faith and non-Islamic societies and political institutions. The failure of these institutions to function and the instability of these regimes in Muslim countries, manifest in frequent changes and coups d'état, is most often the consequence of their a priori opposition to Islam, as the fundamental and foremost feeling of the people in those countries. Alija Izetbegovic
As if governed by Newton's First Law of Motion, an institution will resist any change in its current direction. Warren Buffett
China is a country ruled by men more than laws. Henry Paulson
How is it that nations composed of people who don't want war are continually fighting?" The answer is that the opinion against war has been without adequate institutions to give it effect. War is an international affair; and to prevent it there must be international opinion, and international action upon that opinion, and international institutions to give effect to that opinion. Elihu Root
… the process of social change was not merely a matter of new inventions pressing on old institutions: it was a matter of new classes displacing old. Robert Heilbroner
History will judge societies and governments — and their institutions — not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless. Cesar Chavez
There is what I call the American idea. I so name it, because it seems to me to lie at the basis of all our truly original, distinctive, and American institutions. It is itself a complex idea, composed of three subordinate and more simple ideas, namely: The idea that all men have unalienable rights; that in respect thereof, all men are created equal; and that government is to be established and sustained for the purpose of giving every man an opportunity for the enjoyment and development of all these unalienable rights. This idea demands, as the proximate organization thereof, a democracy, that is, a government of all the people, by all the people, for all the people; of course, a government after the principles of eternal justice, the unchanging law of God; for shortness' sake, I will call it the idea of Freedom. Theodore Parker
… my kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country; not to its institutions or it’s office holders.. Mark Twain
A constitution is made of a spirit, institutions, and a practice. Charles de Gaulle
The historical method is often deemed conservative, because it traces the gradual and stately growth of our venerable institutions; but it may exercise a precisely opposite influence by showing the gross injustice which was blindly perpetrated during this growth. Arnold J. Toynbee
Without government institutions, what would the anarchists have to anarchy about? Paul Redford
Rule of law is the most important element in any civil society. To build a successful country, we need to have rule of law. And rule of law is not just about writing a beautiful constitution or set of laws. It is also about the independence of the judiciary. It’s about institutions. It’s about respect for rights, human rights, social, economic rights, etc. Mo Ibrahim
Most men indeed as well as most sects in Religion, think themselves in possession of all truth, and that wherever others differ from them it is so far error… the only difference between our Churches in their opinions of the certainty of their doctrines is, the Church of Rome is infallible and the Church of England is never in the wrong. Benjamin Franklin
Perhaps the most consequential features that all versions of populism share is the weakening of liberal democratic institutions. Shannon K. O'Neil
Politics is about making institutions work somewhat better, helping people’s lives at the margins Peter Wehner
The problem is never the populist’s imperfect capacity to represent the people’s will; rather, it’s always the institutions that somehow produced the wrong outcomes. So even if they look properly democratic, there must be something going on behind the scenes that allows corrupt elites to continue to betray the people. Conspiracy theories are thus not a curious addition to populist rhetoric; they are rooted in and emerge from the very logic of populism itself. Jan-Werner Müller
Nothing inspires greater tolerance from the intolerant than an abundance of common and unifying beliefs, practices, rituals, institutions, and processes. Karen Stenner
Erdogon has become so paranoid, so power-hungry, he doesn't even allow institutions to flourish, It has become a one-man show. Gonul Tul
American life will not be transfomed by bullying. Michael Gerson
In any country,,, only a small portion of the income eenws in any year is a result of individual work effort, ingenuioty and risk taking. Teh rest is explained by the natural resources with which that country is endowed, the physicalk infrastructure, the collective know-how of fellow citizens , the quality of public and private institutions and teh degree of trust that greases the wheels of commerve, politics and every day life. Stephen Pearlstein
Both a societal infrastructure and the talent of ab individuals or individuals are necessary and dufficient conditions for success in a modern democracy. Lewis D. Eigen
An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Dear Mr. President, Congratulations on a remarkable run. Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure. This is a unique office, without a clear blueprint for success, so I don't know that any advice from me will be particularly helpful. Still, let me offer a few reflections from the past 8 years. First, we've both been blessed, in different ways, with great good fortune. Not everyone is so lucky. It's up to us to do everything we can (to) build more ladders of success for every child and family that's willing to work hard. Second, American leadership in this world really is indispensable. It's up to us, through action and example, to sustain the international order that's expanded steadily since the end of the Cold War, and upon which our own wealth and safety depend. Third, we are just temporary occupants of this office. That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions -- like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection and civil liberties -- that our forebears fought and bled for. Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it's up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them. And finally, take time, in the rush of events and responsibilities, for friends and family. They'll get you through the inevitable rough patches. Michelle and I wish you and Melania the very best as you embark on this great adventure, and know that we stand ready to help in any ways which we can. Good luck and Godspeed. Barack Obama
Today’s festering unhappiness with politics is a product of the plummeting faith in politicians and political institutions that pollsters have tracked since the 1970s and the escalating spiral of cynicism and despair that has accompanied it. Intense partisanship among politicians, vicious political battles in the media, and nasty electoral campaigns coexist with extensive citizen apathy and pathetically low voter ­turnout. Gil Troy
Institutions are created to address human frailties and human failures to meet human needs, but unfortunately, institutions are staffed by humans, so more institutions are created to address the failures of the original institutions. Scott Adams