Political Participation Quotes


The Norwegian response to violence is more democracy, more openness and greater political participation, Jens Stoltenberg

In the final analysis it doesn't really matter what the political system is...We don't need perfect political systems; we need perfect participation. Cesar Chavez

My top priority for 2012 will be to make a renewed push for women's economic empowerment and political participation. Michelle Bachelet

The Crown Prince has said he needs to broaden political participation in the governing of Saudi Arabia. Frank Carlucci

The elections are the greatest symbol of participation and political reform, Mohammad Khatami

The morality of a [political] party must grow out of the conscience and the participation of the voters. Eleanor Roosevelt

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was more politically oriented. Part and parcel of the initial SNCC efforts was to not only go in for voter registration, but for political participation. Ella Baker

Without glasnost there is not, and there cannot be, democratism, the political creativity of the masses and their participation in management. Mikhail Gorbachev

[Conservatism:] Our revolutionary message ... is that a self-disciplined people can create a political community in which an ordered liberty will promote both economic prosperity and political participation. Irving Kristol

Poverty is multidimensional. It extends beyond money incomes to education, health care, political participation and advancement of one's own culture and social organisation. Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Look at what the Omar of Qatar is doing, for example - the King of Morocco, Jordan, Bahrain. There are reform movements taking place, efforts to broaden the political participation of the populations of the region. Frank Carlucci

Similarly, gender-equality, supremacy of law, political participation, civil society, and transparency are among the indispensable elements that are the imperatives of democratization. Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We can and must move U.S. politics forward by means of committed participation. Paul Wellstone

Increased interest and participation by labor in the affairs of government should make for economic and political stability in the future. Labor has a constitutional and statutory right to participate. John L Lewis

The Sanders campaign, however, broke dramatically with over a century of U.S. political history. Extensive political science research, notably the work of Thomas Ferguson, has shown convincingly that elections are pretty much bought. For example, campaign spending alone is a remarkably good predictor of electoral success, and support of corporate power and private wealth is a virtual prerequisite even for participation in the political arena. Noam Chomsky

Work can be undertaken to create an authentic independent political party, a real party, based on popular participation from the ground up, not a top-down candidate producing organization like the two official parties, working from school boards to state legislatures and beyond. Not easy in the regressive U.S. political system, but not impossible. Noam Chomsky

But, you know, I'm sorry, I think democracy requires participation. I mean, I don't want to proselytize but I do feel some sort of duty to participate in the process in some way other than just blindly getting behind a political party. John Cusack

Women in the Arab world have a rich history in their active participation in political change from the Algeria revolution against the French occupation to the most recent revolution in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya among other countries. The question is not their participation. Their question is the incorporation of women's voices fully in the new definitions of the countries where change has happened. Zainab Salbi

I think the time is right for organizing and to give Blacks more political - the progressive Blacks, you have to make a distinction - participation, more Blacks in more authoritative positions, in more electoral political positions. But we want the right ones. Huey Newton

When any of us meet someone who rejects dominant norms and values, we feel a little less crazy for doing the same. Any act of rebellion or non-participation, even on a very small scale, is therefore a political act. Charles Eisenstein



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