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“If some politicians do try to find ideological excuses for their unwillingness to allow reductions of the state’s power, they mostly come up with the following: ‘People have chosen us in an election; it is therefore their will that we rule the country on their behalf.’ Of course, this is nonsense: Civil society is in reality the only truly solid foundation of a democratic political system. Without a life-giving background in the form of a diversely structured civil society, political parties as well as the supreme political institutions of the state wither, lack new blood, lose momentum and invention, and are eventually reduced to uninteresting closed groups of political professionals that largely do without any external input.”
– Vaclav Havel, ex-President of Czech Republic, 1999