After some had called the 2011 “Occupy Wall Street” protests a “mob” (unlike the tea party rallies), White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in October 2011:
“I don’t understand why, you know, one man’s mob is another man’s democracy.”
“One man’s mob is another man’s militia” has been cited in print since 2000, “One man’s mob rule is another man’s democracy in action” has been cited in 2002, “One man’s mob, is another man’s democratic assemblage” has been cited in 2005, and “One man’s mob is another’s democracy” has been cited in 2006.
A somewhat similar phrase is “Democracy is mob rule (but with income taxes).” An older, similar saying is “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”
Wikipedia: Jay Carney
James “Jay” Carney (born May 22, 1965) is an American journalist and President Barack Obama’s second White House Press Secretary. Prior to his appointment as Press Secretary, replacing Robert Gibbs, he was director of communications to Vice President of the United States Joe Biden. Carney previously served as Washington Bureau Chief for Time magazine, a post he held from September 2005 until December 2008, and as a regular contributor in the “roundtable” segment of ABC News’ This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
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From: Tim Forcer
Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 08:52:21 +0100
Local: Mon, Sep 30 2002 2:52 am
Subject: Re: Pin the man on the willy
One man’s mob rule is another man’s democracy in action? “Power to the people”?
Tue Nov-11-03 08:19 PM
175. One man’s mob is another man’s constituency.
I agree that a Senator should for the most part vote his heart, that’s what representative democracy allows for. But when the voters you represent take to the streets en masse, they amount to more than a focus group. They’re sending a message. If you listened to their message to “go to Washington” when they gave you their votes, why are you ignoring their message when they take to the streets? How often do Americans take to the streets these days? Not often. Being elected to a 6-year term as a US Senator doesn’t mean you ignore the wishes of your constituency for 5 years, 9 months and start listening just in time for the next election, does it?
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One man’s mob, is another man’s democratic assemblage,
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New York City • Government/Law/Military/Religion /Health • Sunday, October 09, 2011 • Permalink