The democratic principle upon which this Nation was founded should not be restricted to the political processes but should be applied to the industrial operation. 1795. Albert Gallatin, who was to become the longest serving US Treasury Secretary in history.
The form of association, however, which if mankind continue to improve must be expected in the end to predominate, is not that which can exist between a capitalist as chief, and workpeople without a voice in the management, but the association of the labourers themselves on terms of equality, collectively owning the capital with which they carry on their operations, and working under managers elected and removable by themselves. 1848. John Stuart Mill, the great English philosopher.
Here is the most important challenge to political invention ever offered to the jurist or the statesman. The human association which in fact produces and distributes wealth, the association of workmen, managers, technicians and directors, is not an association recognised by the law. The association which the law does recognise – the association of shareholders, creditors and directors – is incapable of producing and distributing and is not expected to perform these functions. We have to give law to the real association and withdraw meaningless privilege from the imaginary one. 1944. Lord Eustace Percy, a distinguished jurist and ex-government minister in Britain.
It is the chief business of a government to take care that one part of the people do not cause the other part to lead miserable lives. early 1800s. William Cobbett, fearless journalist, peerless writer.
The promises of democracy can be kept only by the ceaseless experimental renewal of their institutional vehicles. Roberto Unger, early 21st century.
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