Democracy is the Least Hateful System: Forster

E. M. Forster defended democracy in Two Cheers for Democracy as “less hateful” than other contemporary forms of government.

” The people I admire most are those who are sensitive and want to create something, or discover something, and such people get more of a chance under democracy than elsewhere. They found religions, great or small, or they produce literature and art, or they do disinterested scientific research, or they may be what is called ‘ordinary people’, who are creative in their private lives, bring up their children decently, for instance, or help their neighbours. All these people need to express themselves; they cannot do so unless society allows them the liberty to do so, and the society which allows them most liberty is a democracy”:

” What I Believe” (1939)

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