The Book of Mormon:

Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law—to do your business by the voice of the people. And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you.

Mosiah 29:26-27.

If a majority of the people choose what is wrong over that which is right, then “the judgments of God [shall] come upon [them]” (Mosiah 29:27). This applies to any nation that have democracy.

Byron R. Merrill:

When leaders of a government seek to control people, making them nameless automatons to further their domineering agendas, they are effectively following Satan’s desire to restrict freedom and are thereby frustrating the plan of salvation. By removing the fruits of choice and accountability, they have compromised the ability of those so oppressed, restricting their chance to experience eternal growth and thus limiting their reach for the eternal promises offered in the Lord’s plan. In civil society, an individual’s freedom of action and expression may be lost through many means. These include war—conquest and enslavement—despotic or dictatorial rulers, the operation and deception of secret combinations, and spiritual darkness or apostasy overtaking a people, such as when freedom in a democratic society declines under the control of an evil majority.

Agency and Freedom in the Divine Plan, Window of Faith: Latter-day Saint Perspectives on World History, BYU, 2005 pp. 161–74.

John Taylor:

There is a little difference between our principles, or, I should say, the principles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and what are called democratic principles. Democracy governs by the people alone and, as was stated this morning, where the people are pure and living under the influence of correct principles, and are seeking to do right, it is one of the best governments on the earth. But where the people are wicked and corrupt, that alters the case very materially. It is not with us as it is with democracy (The US is a republic). We do not believe that any people are capable of governing themselves.

Journal of Discourses 9:8. Union—Human and Divine Government, Etc.

Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn:

Fifty-one percent of a nation can establish a totalitarian regime, suppress minorities and still remain democratic.

Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn was an Austrian Catholic nobelman and sociopolitical theorist.

Jerome Horowitz:

The political system of democracy, in the sense of unrestricted control by the will of the majority, militates against the fundamental requirement of a religious citizenry. This is because the underlying philosophy of democracy has deeply anti-religious overtones since it implies that right or wrong can be determined by the will of the majority. On the other hand, the American constitutional system is based on recognition of God as the source of correct eternal principles of government, and as the source of unalienable rights.

The Elders of Israel and the Constitution, p. 47. 1970.

Hyrum L. Andrus:

Governmental measures that foster social programs for the people are basically incompatible with the Constitution. Social measures may require majority approval, but they affect the lives and property of all people within the body politic, regardless of whether or not the individual desires to be so affected. Minority groups are, therefore, very often forced to conform to the majority opinion, either by the pressure of popular sentiment or by the direct influence of government doing the will of the people. Hence the socialized state stands in opposition to the ideal of freedom, and the pluralistic society espoused by the Constitution.

Liberalism, Conservatism and Mormonism.

Alexander Fraser Tytler:

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship.

Elmer T. Peterson, 1951. This is the Hard Core of Freedom. Daily Oklahoman. p. 12a.

George Q. Cannon:

While the people are pure, while they are upright, while they are willing to observe law, the best results must follow the establishment and maintenance of a government like this but, on the other hand, if the people become corrupt, if they give way to passion, if they disregard law, if they trample upon constitutional obligations, then a republican form of government like ours becomes the worst tyranny upon the face of the earth. An autocracy is a government of one man, and if he is a tyrant, it is the tyranny of one man but the tyranny and the irresponsibility of a mob is one of the most grievous despotisms which can exist upon the face of the earth.

Journal of Discourses 22:133. The Present Condition of the Saints Etc.

Russell M. Nelson:

Throughout our lifetimes, many have understood freedom solely in terms of an ideological struggle. We have been taught to contrast freedom to bondage, liberty to totalitarianism, capitalism to communism, or democracy to despotism. Now as communism has collapsed in some nations, and as new democracies have arisen, the tempo in the battle of ideology winds down. President Havel described 1989’s “revolutionary changes in Europe as those which will enable us to escape from the rather antiquated straitjacket of this bi-polar view of the world” (Address to joint session of the United States Congress, February 21, 1990). The remarkable crumbling of communism now brings us to a new era of freedom without the foe to which we have been accustomed virtually all of our lives. But as the zealous fervor for communism wanes, so might the zealous fervor for democracy also fade. That risk is real.

Address given 1 July 1990 at the Freedom Festival at Provo, UT.

Benjamin Franklin:

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious they have more need of masters.

Speech at the Constitutional Convention, Sept. 17, 1787.

Ezra Taft Benson:

In a democracy the real danger is that we may slowly slide into a condition of slavery of the individual to the state rather than entering this condition by a sudden revolution. The loss of our liberties may easily come about, not through the ballot box, but through the death of incentive to p. 165 work, to earn, and save. Such a condition is usually brought about by a series of little steps which, at the time, seem justified by a variety of reasons and which may on the surface appear to be laudable as to intent. It has been pointed out that the more basic reasons offered by the would-be planned economy advocates are:

  1. The desire to change and control others.
  2. The search for security, and
  3. The desire of individuals or groups to improve their own economic status or that of others by means of direct governmental intervention.
The Improvement Era, 51:362, 1948.

Marion G. Romney:

The free agency of Americans has been greatly abridged. Some argue that we have voluntarily surrendered this power to government. Be this as it may, the fact remains that the loss of freedom with the consent of the enslaved, or even at their request, is nonetheless slavery

BYU Speeches of the Year, March 1, 1966.

Hyrum Smith:

We engage in the election the same as in any other principle; you are to vote for good men, and if you do not do this it is a sin; to vote for wicked men, it would be sin. Choose the good and refuse the evil. Men of false principles have preyed upon us like wolves upon helpless lambs. Damn the rod of tyranny; curse it. Let every man use his liberties according to the constitution.

Quoted by Elder John A. Widtsoe. Conference april 1944. Courage for Crisis.

Karl Marx:

“The first step in the revolution by the working class is to raise the proletariat lowest social or economic class to the position of ruling class, to win the battle of democracy.” For what purpose? To “abolish private property” to “wrest, by degrees, capital from the bourgeoisie middle class” to “centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the State.

The Communist Manifesto.

Mikhail Gorbatjov:

According to Lenin, socialism and democracy are indivisible .. The essence of perestroika Mikhail Gorbachev’s restructuring program lies in the fact that it unites socialism with democracy and revives the Leninist concept .. We want more socialism and, therefore, more democracy.

Perestroika, 1987.

Mao Tse-tung:

Taken as a whole, the Chinese revolutionary movement led by the Communist Party embraces the two stages, i.e., the democratic and the socialist revolutions, which are essentially different revolutionary processes, and the second process can be carried through only after the first has been completed. The democratic revolution is the necessary preparation for the socialist revolution, and the socialist revolution is the inevitable sequel to the democratic revolution. The ultimate aim for which all communists strive is to bring about a socialist and communist society.

Mao Tse-tung proclaimed this revealing statement regarding democracy a decade before consolidating control on the Chinese mainland. 1939.
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