A quick brain dump. I might expand it later...
While democracy in the long run is the most stable form of government, in the short run, it is among the most fragile.
...I wonder where this quality of democracy is analogous to other systems (in natural science or otherwise.) The extreme ends (here, long run stability and short run fragility) are opposites in character.
The famous(?) quotation is taken from a speech given at University of Gdansk, Poland in 2000. I've seen it quoted from time to time, but not actually in context. What's she actually talking about in the speech?
The question in bold above could be reflected off of Nassim Nicholas Taleb's concepts in Antifragile. I audiobooked it a few years back...so I really have no idea what that book is about. It does have 'fragile' in the title though.