And if there are shortcomings in the system of semi-direct democracy, Switzerland has neither suffered anarchy, as some have feared from the 19th century up to our days, nor has it experienced the political revolutions others had dreamed of.

- Swiss Democracy by Wolf Linder

I want to know what do some and others refer to in this context?

To some (and other) countries of some people?

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    As some people have feared. "Some can also mean some people" Cambridge Dictionary, and as other people have dreamed of others "Others pronoun 1. used to indicate that people or things are not the ones already mentioned" Jan 19, 2021 at 11:41
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    Some people and other people. Jan 19, 2021 at 11:41
  • some people and other people but not necessarily limited to the Swiss population... Jan 19, 2021 at 12:39

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This statement divides public opinion in groups: some people feared that Switzerland has suffered anarchy, while other people dreamed of Switzerland experiencing political revolutions. I don't think these groups of people belong only to the Swiss nation.

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    Actually, it says that some people over the years have been afraid that Switzerland would suffer anarchy, not that they think it has! Jan 19, 2021 at 12:30
  • Yes, it is true. Will edit. Thanks for pointing it out.
    – fev
    Jan 19, 2021 at 12:53

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