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Walt Whitman


Förmodade du också, min vän, att demokrati enbart var till för val, för politik, och för ett partinamn? Jag menar att demokrati enbart är användbar när den går vidare, blommar ut och ger frukt, i den högsta form av mänsklig interaktion, mellan övertygelser — i religion, litteratur, universitet och skolor — demokrati i allt offentligt och privat liv… Democratic Vistas, Galaxy magazine, 1867

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    Did you, too, O friend, suppose democracy was only for elections, for politics, and for a party name? I say democracy is only of use there that it may pass on and come to its flower and fruits in manners, in the highest forms of interaction between men, and their beliefs — in religion, literature, colleges, and schools — democracy in all public and private life, and in the army and navy.* I have intimated that, as a paramount scheme, it has yet few or no full realizers and believers. I do not see, either, that it owes any serious thanks to noted propagandists or champions, or has been essentially help’d, though often harm’d, by them. It has been and is carried on by all the moral forces, and by trade, finance, machinery, intercommunications, and, in fact, by all the developments of history, and can no more be stopp’d than the tides, or the earth in its orbit. Doubtless, also, it resides, crude and latent, well down in the hearts of the fair average of the American-born people, mainly in the agricultural regions. But it is not yet, there or anywhere, the fully-receiv’d, the fervid, the absolute faith.

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