Democracy is a mess, but the alternatives are worse.

Democracy is a mess, but the alternatives are worse. December 23, 2016

 

Churchill and the Shah
At the conclusion of the November 1943 Tehran Conference, the Shah of Iran salutes Sir Winston Churchill on his 69th birthday.  (Wikimedia Commons public domain)  I never met Mr. Churchill, but, for what it’s worth, I did privately meet and speak with the Shah for a few minutes during his exile in Cairo. I recall being quite astonished at the fact that I was shaking the hand of a man who had, as a fellow head of state, shaken the hands of Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin at that conference. It was oddly moving.

 

“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.”

Sir Winston Churchill on the floor of the House of Commons (11 November 1947)

 

 

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