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Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.


Reinhold Niebuhr

United States Protestant theologian (1892-1971)

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    la capacidad del hombre para la justicia hace posible la democracia, pero la inclinación del hombre a la injusticia hace necesaria la democracia.

    न्याय के लिए मनुष्य की क्षमता लोकतंत्र को संभव बनाती है, लेकिन अन्याय के लिए मनुष्य का झुकाव लोकतंत्र को आवश्यक बनाता है।

    människans förmåga till rättvisa gör demokrati möjlig, men människans benägenhet till orättvisa gör demokrati nödvändig.

    న్యాయం కోసం మనిషి సామర్థ్యం ప్రజాస్వామ్యాన్ని సాధ్యం చేస్తుంది, కాని అన్యాయానికి మనిషి మొగ్గు చూపడం ప్రజాస్వామ్యాన్ని అవసరం చేస్తుంది.

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