| Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 07:54 pm |
Andreja Ok, sorry, guess you never did mention any one nation at all. I just thought you were bashing America by bashing Democracy. I just assumed you, like 99% of Americans, thought this country is a Democracy. Which is why I wanted to point out that it is a Republic.
"And, while I beg to disagree on the issue of democracies not being able to function, in our age, beyond a few thousand...."
The hell was that about? I would very much like to know how a true Democracy can work beyond a few thousand...in ANY age....
A true Democracy = government exercise by the people DIRECTLY
Republic = Government exercised by the people through representatives.
A township can be a true Democracy. People go to open forums to discuss, and pass, local ordnances, having a mayor, or some other leader, elected by the people, to be the chairperson.
Now, once you go beyond a tiny little township....even a small city...The people elect others on a city council to do the very same thing. The people on city councils REPRESENT the citizens of that particular city, they sit meet and discuss local odnances, as well as budgets, that way. This is a republican form of government, not a democracy.
Obviously, the higher and higher divisions of power, up to state, and national levels, the less likely a Democracy can function at all.
You can also refer to this country as a Democratic Republic, since the people have the right to petition, and some laws can be proposed to each state, and within each state, the people can vote on those laws directly, thereby by-passing their elected officials. This normally happens when the population wants to get rid of an unpopular official, but can still happen to get a law passed, or revoked. In either case, it is still extremely rare.
| Monday, September 8, 2008 - 12:29 am |
What are we meant to be giving the Iraqies?
| Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - 10:25 pm |
MM: when I re-read my posts, I realize (now) what you saw, and what I (unintentionally) put in there.
Democracy in our age:
What I meant by that, is that with the information technology being developed to such an extent, it is possible that a government could be formed on the internet, and all the citizens could propose/vote/appoint relevant information. Hence it *could* happen that a government is ruled by people directly (or at least, by the majority consensus).
nix: I think you got it backwards. It's not us giving them something, it's them giving us control of a strategic resource. ;)
| Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 09:47 pm |
| Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 04:40 am |
Nazis are not bad in themselves, Hitler was the one who was the real racist, the soldiers were just following orders most of the time, and were actually nice people.