Democracy is good. Whenever anyone even hints otherwise, the quip attributed to Churchill is trotted out.
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Churchill actually said “Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…” Churchill was quoting someone else when he said that. We still don’t know who. Here he expands on the significance of the term for him: “How is that word ‘democracy’ to be interpreted? My idea of it is that the plain, humble, common man, just the ordinary man who keeps a wife and family, who goes off to fight for his country when it is in trouble, goes to the poll at the appropriate time, and puts his cross on the ballot paper showing the candidate he wishes to be elected to Parliament — that he is the foundation of democracy. And it is also essential to this foundation that this man or woman should do this without fear, and without any form of intimidation or victimization. He marks his ballot paper in strict secrecy, and then elected representatives and together decide what government, or even in times of stress, what form of government they wish to have in their country. If that is democracy, I salute it. I espouse it. I would work for it.” — House of Commons, 8 December 1944. See Richard Langworth, “Democracy is the worst form of Government…” Of course, Churchill never meant any man or woman was worthy of so fine an institution. The man who helmed Britain during “its finest hour” was not above promoting a “raw white supremacism and a concentration camp network of his own.” See Johann Hari, “Not his finest hour: The dark side of Winston Churchill”. Had Hitler never existed, we would still have had Churchill to compare the thug-of-the-day to. See Richard Toye, Churchill’s Empire: The World That Made Him and the World He Made, Henry Holt and Co., 2010. “[T]he Aryan stock is bound to triumph” said Adolf Hitler, no, Winston Churchill.

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