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Democracy is the smell of tear gas in the morning

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During World War II, American writer EB White was asked to define "democracy". He went on to scribble a few evocative lines about the sights, smells and minutiae that he personally associated with the hard-to-define term, a term that is almost universally heralded as good, but has long been bandied about with abandon. 

He concluded his essay by describing how he felt at that moment: "Democracy is a request from a War Board _ in the middle of the morning, in the middle of a war _ wanting to know what democracy is."

So what is democracy anyway? Can anyone say for sure?

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