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.Democracy is a political government carried out either directly by the people (direct democracy) or by means of elected representatives of the people (Representative democracy).^ Surely democracy means changing the government.
  • Phil Hall: Could Britain become a dictatorship? | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ Democracy means rule of the people.

^ Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
  • Quotes - Democracy.Ru 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.ru [Source type: Original source]

.The term is derived from the Greek: δημοκρατία - (dēmokratía) "rule of the people",[1] which was coined from δῆμος (dêmos) "people" and κράτος (krátos) "power", in the middle of the fifth-fourth century BC to denote the political systems then existing in some Greek city-states, notably Athens following a popular uprising in 508 BC.^ This movement will be filled with searches for organization and leadership capable of expressing the economic and political wishes of the Iranian people; with the realization that these wishes are not achievable under the current economic and political system.
  • Dictatorship : NOVAKEO.COM 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC novakeo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The cities of Aquileia and Salona , episcopal sees from the middle of the first century, were centres of Christianity for Noricum and Pannonia.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Austro-Hungarian Monarchy 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ There’s a reason why the middle class built arsenals in every major U.S city and made up the ranks of the state militias and local defense organizations.
  • The Totalitarian Temptation and all that — Crooked Timber 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

[2] .Even though there is no specific, universally accepted definition of 'democracy',[3] there are two principles that any definition of democracy includes: equality and freedom.^ The definition of ‘Freedom of Religion’ includes public.
  • The Totalitarian Temptation and all that — Crooked Timber 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

^ When the costs equal the benefit, there is no benefit.

^ We must not leap to the conclusion that there is a “true democracy” which is a natural amalgam of good government as representative government, political justice, equality, liberty, and human rights.
  • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

.[4] These principles are reflected in all citizens being equal before the law and having equal access to power.^ All U.S. citizens are equal under the law.
  • Was the 1893 overthrow of the monarchy illegal? Was it a theft of a nation owned by kanaka maoli and stolen by non-kanaka maoli? 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.angelfire.com [Source type: Original source]

^ But I compel all of us to pray, to act and to not be silent as long as we, as citizens of this country and as Christians, yet, have the freedom to speak before it is too late concerning these laws.
  • L. Gassmann Europe - a dictatorship 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.l-gassmann.de [Source type: Original source]

^ Then again the citizens will have all things in common, and having common property they will have common pleasures and pains.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

.[5] and the freedom of its citizens is secured by legitimized rights and liberties which are generally protected by a constitution.[6][7].^ In answer to question 2, yes I do believe that democracy can be tyrannical if it does not contain protections for the rights and freedoms of the minority.
  • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

^ AND consider that the job of government is to protect the nation - according to the constitution - and NOT to provide health care for its citizens.
  • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

^ For instance I don't favor the idea of Gay Marriage, however I am strongly opposed to amending our Constitution towards limiting the rights of U.S. citizens.
  • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

[6][7]
.There are several varieties of democracy, some of which provide better representation and more freedoms for their citizens than others.^ Well, some observers believe that the separation-of-church-and-state police (the ACLU) are more tolerant of Islam than of Christianity.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy - HRW's Whitson Defends Fundraising in Totalitarian Countries: 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC volokh.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They bemoan the fact that there was more spin and opinionizing than reporting along with less investigative reporting.
  • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

^ It is estimated that there are more abortions than births in Russia.
  • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

[8][9] .However, if any democracy is not carefully legislated – through the use of balances – to avoid an uneven distribution of political power, such as the separation of powers, then a branch of the system of rule could accumulate power and become harmful to the democracy itself.^ In this way each of the branches will be a check to the others and no single group of people will be able to control the machinery of the State" [1] Still, the opposition make the crucial mistake of questioning how could any system work without it, even though there are in fact fusion of powers (the opposite of check and balances) and mixed systems in working democracies all over the world.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ In this way each of the branches will be a check to the others and no single group of people will be able to control the machinery of the State" [1] Still, the oposition make the crucial mistake of questioning how could any system work without it, even though there are in fact fusion of powers (the opposite of check and balances) and mixed systems in working democracies all over the world.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The thing is, separation of powers is not a prerequisite to democracy, as parliamentary systems under the "Fusion of Powers" paradigm can attest.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

[10][11][12]
.The "majority rule" is often described as a characteristic feature of democracy, but without responsible government or constitutional protections of individual liberties from democratic power, it is possible for dissenting individuals to be oppressed by the "tyranny of the majority". An essential process in representative democracies is competitive elections, that are fair both substantively[13] and procedurally.^ Despots and democratic majorities are drunk with power.
  • Quotes - Democracy.Ru 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.ru [Source type: Original source]

^ In a democracy, the individual enjoys not only the ultimate power but carries the ultimate responsibility.
  • Quotes - Democracy.Ru 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.ru [Source type: Original source]

^ Under representative government generally, the majority rules.

[14] .Furthermore, freedom of political expression, freedom of speech and freedom of the press are essential so that citizens are informed and able to vote in their personal interests.^ In a free society, personal responsibility for one’s self and family is absolutely essential or there is no freedom.
  • The Reality Check » Blog Archive » Acting President Obama Wants Communism In America 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.therealitycheck.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Shedworld, Isn’t freedom of the press and freedom of speech annoying!
  • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

^ It seems to me that if the voters of a specific district are declared to have made the vote, and that the senator or representative merely cast the vote in the best interests of the citizens they represent.
  • Firedoglake » Late Nite FDL: Can We Call It a Dictatorship Yet? 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC firedoglake.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[15][16]
.Popular sovereignty is common but not a universal motivating subject for establishing a democracy.^ Can't the democrats appeal to the dictators' sense of common humanity and convince them to reduce their domination bit by bit, and perhaps finally to give way completely to the establishment of a democracy?
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The spirit of democracy cannot be established in the midst of terrorism, whether governmental or popular.
  • Quotes - Democracy.Ru 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.ru [Source type: Original source]

.In some countries, democracy is based on the philosophical principle of equal rights.^ Believers have equal rights in a democracy.

^ However, even these ancient democracies did not presuppose equality of all individuals; the majority of the populace, notably slaves and women, had no political rights at all.

^ The Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, for example, lists some 78 elections worldwide for the 1940s, but about as many again for 2004 alone.
  • Democracy: What future? - OECD Observer 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.oecdobserver.org [Source type: Original source]

.Many people use the term "democracy" as shorthand for liberal democracy, which may include additional elements such as political pluralism; equality before the law; the right to petition elected officials for redress of grievances; due process; civil liberties; human rights; and elements of civil society outside the government.^ I use the term “liberalism” with reservations in this context.
  • The Totalitarian Temptation and all that — Crooked Timber 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Bourgeois right also includes things like formal equality before the law.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.
  • Quotes - Democracy.Ru 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.ru [Source type: Original source]

.In the United States, separation of powers is often cited as a supporting attribute, but in other countries, such as the United Kingdom, the dominant philosophy is parliamentary sovereignty (though in practice judicial independence is generally maintained).^ Some governments such as the US have a clear separation of powers while in other countries, such as the United Kingdom, a parliamentary system somewhat merges the legislature and executive.
  • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The thing is, separation of powers is not a prerequisite to democracy, as parliamentary systems under the "Fusion of Powers" paradigm can attest.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The Cultural Revolution does not call for the release of the Communists and other revolutionaries from the prisons of the United Arab Republic, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and other Arab states.
  • The Role of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat in the International Marxist-Leninist Movement 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.mltranslations.org [Source type: Original source]

.In other cases, "democracy" is used to mean direct democracy.^ Without question today’s statists are liberal with other people’s money.“ Liberal” as political opinion and meaning “Favourable to constitutional changes and legal or administrative reforms tending in the direction of freedom and democracy” is first cited as used in 1801.
  • The American Spectator : Totalitarian Sentimentality 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC spectator.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ They have the power, they have the numbers, and they will continue to use every means possible within a so called democracy to suppress dissent.
  • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

^ And eventually, not only do items of consumption have to be moved beyond that, but so do the means of production -- in other words, the things used to produce other things.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

.Though the term "democracy" is typically used in the context of a political state, the principles are applicable to private organizations and other groups also.^ I use the term “liberalism” with reservations in this context.
  • The Totalitarian Temptation and all that — Crooked Timber 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

^ If we go back to biological principles, every animal species on earth lives in some state of balance with other species and the physical environment.

^ Then the power of each individual in the State to do his own work appears to compete with the other political virtues, wisdom, temperance, courage.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

.Democracy has its origins in Ancient Greece.^ Democracy assumed different forms and was applied in different degrees in the ancient republics of Greece, the medieval cities and the advanced capitalist countries.

^ Athens of ancient Greece, the States of the early American Federation) that have prospered in the past, are said to be founded on democracy.
  • Paradigm : from totalitarian democracy to libertarian polyarchy 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.polyarchy.org [Source type: Original source]

^ A common Euro-centric view of world history describes ancient Greek democracy as Western democracy, with ancient Greece as part of that Western/European identity.
  • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

[17][18] .However other cultures have significantly contributed to the evolution of democracy such as Ancient Rome,[17] Europe,[17] and North and South America.^ The world is changing around us, Europe and South America are becoming increasingly socialist.
  • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Cold War origins of totalitarianism in North America and Western Europe .
  • Creators of the atomic bomb: debasing nuclear power into a totalitarian order in the new world 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.heaven-words.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It is a story with which those of us from North and South America should be particularly familiar.
  • ANARCHY.NET - Intelligent Anarchism for a Post-Globalist Future 10 February 2010 11:17 UTC www.anarchy.net [Source type: Original source]

[19] .The concept of representative democracy arose largely from ideas and institutions that developed during the European Middle Ages and the Age of Enlightenment and in the American and French Revolutions.^ During the Hungarian Revolution of 1956-1957 a multitude of direct democracy councils emerged, even joining together to establish for some weeks a whole federated system of institutions and governance.
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The concept of an independent, objective reality was an assumption of the modern age that could not be sustained in the face of the technological and economic developments of the late twentieth century."
  • Creators of the atomic bomb: debasing nuclear power into a totalitarian order in the new world 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.heaven-words.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Democracy of Nation States in the age of Globalization International institutions: democratic or representing those with the most power?
  • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

[20] .Democracy has been called the "last form of government" and has spread considerably across the globe.^ Democracy is a form of society and government .
  • HansCees.com 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC web.inter.nl.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Pure democracy is an extreme form of government.

^ Democracy is just a form of government.
  • Liberal Democrats & News Media Liberal Bias - Free Republic, Democracy, Real Clear Politics, Libertarian, Libertarian Party, Socialism, Communism - Part 2 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.waliberals.net [Source type: General]

[21] .The Right to vote has been expanded in many Jurisdictions over time from relatively narrow groups (such as wealthy men of a particular ethnic group), with New Zealand the first nation to grant universal suffrage for all its citizens in 1893. Suffrage still remains a controversial issue with regard to disputed territories, areas with significant immigration, and countries that exclude certain demographic groups.^ But I compel all of us to pray, to act and to not be silent as long as we, as citizens of this country and as Christians, yet, have the freedom to speak before it is too late concerning these laws.
  • L. Gassmann Europe - a dictatorship 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.l-gassmann.de [Source type: Original source]

^ Of the four "Nations" (Saxons, Bavarians , Poles, and Bohemians ), which had votes in the affairs of the university , only the Bohemians voted for Hus .
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Austro-Hungarian Monarchy 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ This confusion regarding what is meant by a possible nationalization highlights a key issue with the whole scheme.

Contents

History of democracy

Ancient origins

.The term democracy first appeared in ancient Greek political and philosophical thought.^ A common Euro-centric view of world history describes ancient Greek democracy as Western democracy, with ancient Greece as part of that Western/European identity.
  • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

^ That the greatest of ancient philosophers should in his regulations about marriage have fallen into the error of separating body and mind, does indeed appear surprising.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The Ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, the student of Plato and teacher to Alexander the Great, is considered one of the most important founders of what is now described as Western philosophy.
  • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

.The philosopher Plato contrasted democracy, the system of "rule by the governed", with the alternative systems of monarchy (rule by one individual), oligarchy (rule by a small élite class) and timocracy (ruling class of property owners).^ After all, the Republic provides a picture not just of a happy city but also of a happy individual person, and in Book One, Socrates argues that the ruler's task is to benefit the ruled.
  • Plato's Ethics and Politics in The Republic (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ We are for abolishing a situation in which there are dictatorships, in which one class rules over another.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

^ A fair invitation, he replied; and I see, as every one must, that a tyranny is the wretchedest form of government, and the rule of a king the happiest.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

[22] .Although Athenian democracy is today considered by many to have been a form of direct democracy, originally it had two distinguishing features: firstly the allotment (selection by lot) of ordinary citizens to government offices and courts,[23] and secondarily the assembly of all the citizens[24].^ Democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others that have been tried.
  • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

^ If by this is meant, Was he loyal to Athenian institutions?—he can hardly be said to be the friend of democracy: but neither is he the friend of any other existing form of government; all of them he regarded as ‘states of faction’ (Laws viii.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The King of Nepal said he was a proponent of multiparty democracy , then fired the government, sent troops to the house of the Prime Minister, and assumed direct ruling authority.
  • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.All citizens were eligible to speak and vote in the Assembly, which set the laws of the city-state.^ All U.S. citizens are equal under the law.
  • Was the 1893 overthrow of the monarchy illegal? Was it a theft of a nation owned by kanaka maoli and stolen by non-kanaka maoli? 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.angelfire.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Will they not think this a hardship?’ You should remember that our purpose in framing the State was not that our citizens should do what they like, but that they should serve 520 the State for the common good of all.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ But I compel all of us to pray, to act and to not be silent as long as we, as citizens of this country and as Christians, yet, have the freedom to speak before it is too late concerning these laws.
  • L. Gassmann Europe - a dictatorship 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.l-gassmann.de [Source type: Original source]

.However, the Athenian citizenship was only for males born from a father who was citizen and who had been doing their "military service" between 18 and 20 years old; this excluded women, slaves, foreigners (μετοίκος / metoikos) and males under 20 years old.^ Honduran politicians and jurists who have aligned with the country's powerful military and been well rewarded for doing so -- make a point that not all basic freedoms have been suspended all the time.
  • Totalitarian Rightists Put Orwellian Spin on Honduras Coup 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.thenation.com [Source type: Original source]

^ And now, I said, years will have passed away, and you must conceive this man, such as he is, to have a son, who is brought up in his father’s principles.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Reza Pahlavi is a superficial lazy procrastinator who once a while does some cheap talks against IRI. He has been doing that for 28 years!
  • Iran Politics Club Forum :: View topic - Monarchy or Republic? 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.iranpoliticsclub.net [Source type: Original source]

.Of the 250,000 inhabitants only some 30,000 on average were citizens.^ To date, the author has written around 250 books, for a total of 46,000 pages, and containing some 31,500 illustrations.
  • Fascism and Communism.com - Harun Yahya 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC fascismandcommunism.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Conflict with Kurdish nationalists also heightened; by the late 1990s, the Kurdish rebellion had cost some 30,000 lives.
  • Turkey (Republic) Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Turkey (Republic) 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ For example, the province of Segovia, a conservative stronghold, needs only 30,000 votes to elect a member of the Spanish parliament.
  • Vicente Navarro: How the U.S. Schemed Against Spain's Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.counterpunch.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Of those 30,000 perhaps 5,000 might regularly attend one or more meetings of the popular Assembly.^ More accurately one might say his business was to uncover some truth about slavery here and cover up a great deal of it elsewhere.
  • Anthony Flood "Herbert Aptheker: My Communist Mentor" 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.anthonyflood.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Those over 30 might care a bit but in reality it's harder to riot / protest than it is to sit at home and watch tv.
  • Australia joins the list of totalitarian countries.... - SEO Chat 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC forums.seochat.com [Source type: General]

^ It is one of the few popular MMORPGs that makes use of a science fiction setting as opposed to the more common fantasy setting.
  • AO Credits,Anarchy Online Credits,Anarchy Gold,Anarchy Online Currency 10 February 2010 11:17 UTC anarchyonline.game2guide.com [Source type: General]

.Most of the officers and magistrates of Athenian government were allotted; only the generals (strategoi) and a few other officers were elected.^ These people are only a few votes away from devastating consequences to the West in general and the U.S. specifically/acutely.
  • Zombietime: Obama "science czar" is a totalitarian crank 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC minx.cc [Source type: General]

^ The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated” in other-words the public will not be allowed to know how it’s beliefs and opinions were scientifically manipulated by the government to think a certain way.

^ Soy beans, Most of Haiti’s governments paid only...
  • Dissident Voice : Why is Capitalism Failing Us? 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC dissidentvoice.org [Source type: Original source]

[2]
.A possible example of primitive democracy may have been the early Sumerian city-states.^ It is possible, for example, that the struggle may not go as well as expected.
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Then you must not insist on my proving that the actual State will in every respect coincide with the ideal: if we are only able to discover how a city may be governed nearly as we proposed, you will admit that we have discovered the possibility which you demand; and will be contented.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Primitive society offered many examples of land held in common, either by a tribe or by a township, and such may probably have been the original form of landed tenure.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

[25] .A similar proto-democracy or oligarchy existed temporarily among the Medes (ancient Iranian people) in the 6th century BC, but which came to an end after the Achaemenid (Persian) Emperor Darius the Great declared that the best monarchy was better than the best oligarchy or best democracy.^ What I worshiped as sacred, as Iranian Monarchy and Shah and everything great about Iran was a lie!
  • Iran Politics Club Forum :: View topic - Monarchy or Republic? 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.iranpoliticsclub.net [Source type: Original source]

^ The law succeeded and by the beginning of 88 BC the Social War was at an end, other than for a few besieged strongholds.

^ If you love creating a better world, join us as we work to reach more people of all backgrounds (while having more fun) than ever before!
  • A World Beyond Capitalism, The Conference, The Community, The Love - Join Us! 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC 00no-capitalism.livejournal.com [Source type: General]

[26]
.A serious claim for early democratic institutions comes from the independent "republics" of India, sanghas and ganas, which existed as early as the sixth century BC and persisted in some areas until the fourth century AD. The evidence is scattered and no pure historical source exists for that period.^ Some of these images show what countries claim to be democracies, and to what degree they really are (or not) democratic: .
  • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

^ It’s hard to get hard figures for this, so let’s go with 12 million victims of the Nazis in the 20th Century (some claim it was 13 mill total, so I’m being conservative).
  • Communist Party Backs Obama 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Theres some evidence that the Mayan civilization collapsed due to over-population, more specifically, soil exhaustion in the area resulted in not enough food to feed the population.
  • Zombietime: Obama "science czar" is a totalitarian crank 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC minx.cc [Source type: General]

.In addition, Diodorus (a Greek historian at the time of Alexander the Great's excursion of India), without offering any detail, mentions that independent and democratic states existed in India.^ Lastly we do not have to defend any kind of democratic values and on the other hand we have stated time and again that dictatorships are a very stable and stabilizing government.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Britain is becomong a post-democratic state, with the trappings of democracy but without its substance.
  • Phil Hall: Could Britain become a dictatorship? | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ He did not reflect that Sparta was great, not in consequence of the relaxation of morality, but in spite of it, by virtue of a political principle stronger far than existed in any other Grecian state.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

[27] .However, modern scholars note that the word democracy at the third century BC and later had been degraded and could mean any autonomous state no matter how oligarchic it was.^ However, their interests no longer matter.

^ The Rationalist writers of this period believed that by enlightenment, in their sense of the word, a cure could be found for the evils of the time, and a means of promoting the happiness of mankind .
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Austro-Hungarian Monarchy 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ She took no part in military or political matters; nor is there any instance in the later ages of Greece of a woman becoming famous in literature.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

[28][29] .The lack of the concept of citizen equality across caste system boundaries lead many scholars to believe that the true nature of ganas and sanghas would not be comparable to that of truly democratic institutions.^ Their beauty is like the beauty of figures drawn by the hand of Daedalus or any other 530 great artist, which may be used for illustration, but no mathematician would seek to obtain from them true conceptions of equality or numerical relations.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ It appears to me to be a study of the kind which we are 523 seeking, and which leads naturally to reflection, but never to have been rightly used; for the true use of it is simply to draw the soul towards being.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ This broad plan would stretch from the present to the future liberation and the institution of a democratic system.
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

[30]
.Even though the Roman Republic contributed significantly into certain aspects of democracy, only a minority of Romans were citizens.^ Some readers have even tried to bring the Republic 's judgment of democracy into line with the Statesman , where the Stranger ranks democracy above oligarchy.
  • Plato's Ethics and Politics in The Republic (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ On this view, citizens need to contribute to the city's happiness only because they need to contribute to the happiness of other citizens if they are to achieve their own maximal happiness.
  • Plato's Ethics and Politics in The Republic (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ You can point to certain superficial aspects like that, but even if you are talking about a Hitler, that is not the essence of what was going on.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

.As such, having votes in elections for choosing representatives and then the votes of the powerful were given more weight through a system of Gerrymandering.^ These symptoms having been palliated, the patient's own regenerative powers - the 'vis medicatrix naturæ' - can more easily bring about his healing.

^ Singapore did the election [2] , was built based on constitution [3] , and having a separation of power as check and balances mechanism.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ THE WORLD IS NOT OVERPOPULATED. It is simply over corrupted and it’s those who are corrupt who want the reductions, not to the betterment of mankind but to further consolodate power through a technocratic system of control.
  • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

.For that reason, almost all high officials, including members of the Senate, came from a few wealthy and noble families.^ This is what you will find if you check the facts: "His mother, Ellen Adler Bohr, came from a wealthy Jewish family prominent in Danish banking and parliamentary circles."
  • Creators of the atomic bomb: debasing nuclear power into a totalitarian order in the new world 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.heaven-words.com [Source type: Original source]

^ [Its pre-eminent leaders] were all born into highly assimilated, wealthy families..."

^ There's got to be a reason why the executive branch of g overnment seeks more and more control of all aspects of governance, including shaping the views of the judiciary by placing jurists in high positions who defer to the executive at the expense of the influence of their own branch of government.

[31] .However, many notable exceptions did occur.^ However, many in the Senate, notably Clifford Case and William Proxmire, were certain that it was much more.
  • The Communist-Capitalist Alliance 15 September 2009 6:17 UTC autarchic.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

Democracy Index as published in January, 2007. The palest blue countries get a score above 9.5 out of 10 (with Sweden being the most democratic country at 9.88), while the black countries score below 2 (with North Korea being the least democratic at 0.86).

Middle Ages

.During the Middle Ages, there were various systems involving elections or assemblies, although often only involving a small amount of the population, the election of Gopala in Bengal, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Althing in Iceland, certain medieval Italian city-states such as Venice, the tuatha system in early medieval Ireland, the Veche in Novgorod and Pskov Republics of medieval Russia, Scandinavian Things, The States in Tirol and Switzerland and the autonomous merchant city of Sakai in the 16th century in Japan.^ In a monetary system there is no such thing as true democracy.
  • ANARCHY.NET - Intelligent Anarchism for a Post-Globalist Future 10 February 2010 11:17 UTC www.anarchy.net [Source type: Original source]

^ My only beef is that for most practical endevours there are two measurement systems requiring two sets of tools.
  • The Other Side of Kim - TheOtherSideofKim Front Page 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.theothersideofkim.com [Source type: Original source]

^ And the creation of health is the institution of a natural order and government of one by another in the parts of the body; and the creation of disease is the production of a state of things at variance with this natural order?
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

However, participation was often restricted to a minority, and so may be better classified as oligarchy. .Most regions in medieval Europe were ruled by clergy or feudal lords.^ Medievalism rules Europe now.
  • MEP Reprimanded For Exposing EU Dictatorship 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

^ So, medievalism rules Europe now.
  • MEP Reprimanded For Exposing EU Dictatorship 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

^ A rigid structure of governance, economic activity controlled by feudal lords and thought defined by religion ruled society.
  • Democracy 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.icpd.org [Source type: Original source]

.A little closer to modern democracy were the Cossack republics of Ukraine in the 16th-17th centuries: Cossack Hetmanate and Zaporizhian Sich.^ Americans have spent two centuries learning to play this blithe little game, great sport of a wonderfully Jesuitical nature, and has allowed each of the various modern American ideologies to craft its own Founders and its own Old Republic.

The highest post - the Hetman - was elected by the representatives from the country's districts. .Because these states were very militarised, the right to participate in Hetman's elections was largely restricted to those who served in the Cossack Army and over time was curtailed effectively limiting these rights to higher army ranks.^ Those who would forbid these values are just as intolerant dogmatic, as they refuse to allow others to have their own convictions.
  • L. Gassmann Europe - a dictatorship 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.l-gassmann.de [Source type: Original source]

^ A Mexican court annulled a state election because of evidence of widespread fraud .
  • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ So we do have to confront and combat these attacks, while at the same time squarely confronting and digging deeply into the very real shortcomings and errors.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

Magna Carta, 1215, England
.The Parliament of England had its roots in the restrictions on the power of kings written into Magna Carta, explicitly protected certain rights of the King's subjects, whether free or fettered — and implicitly supported what became English writ of habeas corpus, safeguarding individual freedom against unlawful imprisonment with right to appeal.^ In answer to question 2, yes I do believe that democracy can be tyrannical if it does not contain protections for the rights and freedoms of the minority.
  • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Any institution, be it political, religious, or social, which seeks to consolidate power and control and limit the individual freedoms of those it intends to govern, is an undemocratic abomination.
  • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Those principles are individual rights and the government’s obligation to protect those rights.
  • Communist Party Backs Obama 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

First elected parliament was De Montfort's Parliament in England in 1265.
.However only a small minority actually had a voice; Parliament was elected by only a few percent of the population (less than 3% in 1780.[32]), and power to call parliament was at the pleasure of the monarch (usually when he or she needed funds) and the system had problematic features such as rotten boroughs, of which measures were taken against notably Reform Act 1832 that introduced wide-ranging changes to the electoral system of the United Kingdom, increasing the size of electorate by 50–80%.^ Only a minority of poisons actually kill.
  • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

^ As for the rest, I wasn't saying that a multi-party system is better than your system, I was saying that it might lead to less polarization.
  • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Clearly, all political changes originate in divisions of the actual governing power; a government which is united, however small, cannot be moved.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

.After Glorious Revolution 1688, English Bill of Rights 1689 was enacted, which codified certain rights and increased the influence of Parliament.^ Ask the English about their revolution in 1688, Americans about theirs in 1775, the French about theirs in 1789, and don't forget the Chinese revolution in 1911 or the Russian revolution in 1917.
  • Was the 1893 overthrow of the monarchy illegal? Was it a theft of a nation owned by kanaka maoli and stolen by non-kanaka maoli? 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.angelfire.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Whilst the Bill of Rights has a list of rights, Judges have long maintained that this is more like a wish list, as it was not built into the actual workings of Parliament.
  • What does 'totalitarian' actually mean? | Samizdata.net 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.samizdata.net [Source type: Original source]

^ This is were global warming comes in, laws would be enacted to restrict your rights and control your life style so the life styles of the wealthy and there cohorts would greatly increase.
  • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

[32] .The franchise was slowly increased and Parliament gradually gained more power until monarch became largely a figurehead.^ Russia's parliament voted to give President Putin more power.
  • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ As the democratic resistance forces gained strength, strategists would plot more ambitious noncooperation and defiance to sever the dictatorships' sources of power, with the goal of producing increasing political paralysis, and in the end the disintegration of the dictatorship itself.
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The Russian Parliament voted to give President Putin more power.
  • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[33]
Democracy was also seen to a certain extent in bands and tribes such as the Iroquois Confederacy. .However, in the Iroquois Confederacy only the males of certain clans could be leaders and some clans were excluded.^ In fact, some wonder at the lack of outrage, and why only certain countries’ gay minorities seem worthy of western attention.
  • Anglican Mainstream » Blog Archive » Ugandan Church faces totalitarian liberal activism. 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.anglican-mainstream.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ However, at the order of Communist leaders, the two bodyguards were quickly executed before they could be brought to face Rodriguez (and possibly identify him) and he was quickly released.
  • The Cuban Communist Party's Anti-Castro Activities 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC campello.tripod.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ An exclusive club, however, as only adult male Athenian citizens that had completed military training could vote.
  • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

.Only the oldest females from the same clans could choose and remove the leaders.^ If we would like the same asset coverage of 50% that we had a year ago, we could support only $15 trillion or so of total debt.

^ The number of corpses was so great that they could only be removed once a day.
  • The Communist-Capitalist Alliance 15 September 2009 6:17 UTC autarchic.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

^ By including that phrase, respondents could have been left with the impression that the only alternative would exclude the option of electing a government whose leader becomes Prime Minister.
  • Citizens for a Canadian Republic / Opinion Polls 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.canadian-republic.ca [Source type: Original source]

This excluded most of the population. .An interesting detail is that there should be consensus among the leaders, not majority support decided by voting, when making decisions.^ The decision was made on the scene, [and] seemed logical to the people there, but it should have been taken using this HIG format, at a higher level.” .

^ The destructive nature of modern science makes it self-evident that there is something wrong with the way in which science has been practiced, and that life on this planet has been decisively damaged as a consequence.
  • Creators of the atomic bomb: debasing nuclear power into a totalitarian order in the new world 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.heaven-words.com [Source type: Original source]

^ But the fact is, there was a consensus among the people who own the media that they didn't want Dean, and that the Democratic Party leaders didn't want Dean as the candidate.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

[34][35]
.Band societies, such as the Bushmen, which usually number 20-50 people in the band often do not have leaders and make decisions based on consensus among the majority.^ Not just leaders, but people in society generally.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The only way we will know is as individuals across the economy make decisions, based on their new expectations.

^ These unpopular policies are an example of decisions that are made possible in a Dictatorship - based on the pure 'wisdom' of the authoritarian leader.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

In Melanesia, farming village communities have traditionally been egalitarian and lacking in a rigid, authoritarian hierarchy. .Although a "Big man" or "Big woman" could gain influence, that influence was conditional on a continued demonstration of leadership skills, and on the willingness of the community.^ When W gained a second term, the war resistance REALLY heated up, with large numbers of demonstrators continuing to gather until .

^ He charged that the enslaved Russian masses could have thrown off Communism several times had not Western assistance been poured into the USSR to sustain the Communist leadership.
  • The Communist-Capitalist Alliance 15 September 2009 6:17 UTC autarchic.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

^ For what it is worth, Capitalism is doing just fine AND it is doing the heavy lifting that socialism / communism could not get done, namely moving a country as big as China out of abject poverty.
  • Dissident Voice : Why is Capitalism Failing Us? 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC dissidentvoice.org [Source type: Original source]

.Every person was expected to share in communal duties, and entitled to participate in communal decisions.^ Individual participation in the life of our local community - in community projects and through personal, meaningful, voluntary activity - is also political and vital to the health of community.
  • I. DEMOCRACY 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.gp.org [Source type: Original source]

^ In every village one can find work in common, and communal property to a greater or lesser degree and shared activities (such as collection of fuel or grazing).
  • Libertarian Communism, by Isaac Puente 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC flag.blackened.net [Source type: Original source]

^ The market , as an agglomeration of individuals, they thundered, was surely entitled to enjoy the rights and freedoms accorded to each and every person .

.However, strong social pressure encouraged conformity and discouraged individualism.^ In a social arrangement which is truly in the best interest of each participating individual, exclusion from the community should be threat enough to discourage violent or destructive behavior.
  • CWC Texts : A to Z : Beyond Democracy 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.crimethinc.com [Source type: Original source]

^ However, income received by any particular individual still might be based on coercion and this leaves a room for emergence of certain types of social monopolization.
  • Dictatorship and Democracy 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC state.110mb.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Cross-pressures is a social force that operates wherever individual and group freedom predominates.
  • DEMOCIDE IN TOTALITARIAN STATES 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.hawaii.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[36]

18th and 19th centuries

Number of nations 1800-2003 scoring 8 or higher on Polity IV scale, another widely used measure of democracy.
.Although not described as a democracy by the founding fathers, the United States founders shared a determination to root the American experiment in the principle of natural freedom and equality.^ The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.
  • L. Gassmann Europe - a dictatorship 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.l-gassmann.de [Source type: Original source]

^ He is described as ill educated, but, like the Spartan, a lover of literature; and although he is a harsh master to his servants he has no natural superiority over them.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The State demands the strong wine of freedom, and unless her rulers give her a plentiful draught, punishes and insults them; equality and fraternity of governors and governed is the approved principle.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

.[37] The United States Constitution, adopted in 1788, provided for an elected government and protected civil rights and liberties for some.^ They can differ on the magnitude of the governing clique, the military or civil nature of the authority, economic liberties granted for citizens, legality of political associations, legal framework, etc.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The defining characteristic of a totalitarian state is totality: no unregulated civil society, all interactions are governed by regulations...
  • What does 'totalitarian' actually mean? | Samizdata.net 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.samizdata.net [Source type: Original source]

^ In the process of supporting a Salvadoran government of remarkable tyranny, brutality and human-rights violations, the United States provided the country’s armed forces with a never-ending supply of funds, weapons and training that brought continual destruction and suffering to the people of El Salvador.
  • Dictatorship : NOVAKEO.COM 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC novakeo.com [Source type: Original source]

.In the colonial period before 1776, and for some time after, only adult white male property owners could vote; enslaved Africans, free black people and women were not extended the franchise.^ They were the only organon of thought which the human mind at that time possessed, and the only measure by which the chaos of particulars could be reduced to rule and order.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The only difference is that in the Laws the common meals are extended to women, and the warriors number about 5000, but in the Republic only 1000.’ .
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ For with the exception of the community of women and property, he supposes everything to be the same in both states; there is to be the same education; the citizens of both are to live free from servile occupations, and there are to be common meals in both.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

.On the American frontier, democracy became a way of life, with widespread social, economic and political equality.^ You endorse the American way of life.
  • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

^ Socialism is essentially about economic democracy.
  • Totalitarian Rightists Put Orwellian Spin on Honduras Coup 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.thenation.com [Source type: Original source]

^ "Socialism is essentially about economic democracy."
  • Totalitarian Rightists Put Orwellian Spin on Honduras Coup 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.thenation.com [Source type: Original source]

[38] .However, slavery was a social and economic institution, particularly in eleven states in the American South, that a variety of organizations were established advocating the movement of black people from the United States to locations where they would enjoy greater freedom and equality.^ "That they would become stateless people."
  • Anarchy at Sea - William Langewiesche 10 February 2010 11:17 UTC www.wesjones.com [Source type: Original source]

^ However, the government of the United States would not give me permission to go.
  • Dictatorship : NOVAKEO.COM 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC novakeo.com [Source type: Original source]
  • scientific dictatorship « Therearenosunglasses’s Weblog 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use ["]united force["] to solve economic, political or social problems.
  • The Reality Check » Blog Archive » Acting President Obama Wants Communism In America 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.therealitycheck.org [Source type: Original source]

[39]
During the 1820s and 1830s the American Colonization Society (A.C.S.) was the primary vehicle for proposals to return black Americans to freedom in Africa. .It had broad support nationwide among anti-slavery and abolitionist white people, including prominent leaders such as Henry Clay and James Monroe, who saw this as preferable to emancipation in America, and in 1821 the A.C.S. established colony of Liberia, assisting thousands of former African-American slaves and free black people to move there from the United States.^ Slave owners and people who wanted to have a "free" economy.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Missouri would be a slave state, Kansas would be decided by who got there.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

^ White Americans and South Africans are worried there will be too many blacks, and vice versa.
  • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

[39]
.By the 1840s almost all property restrictions were ended and nearly all white adult male citizens could vote; and turnout averaged 60–80% in frequent elections for local, state and national officials.^ The states are all governed almost identically.

^ National elections became just another fantasy extravaganza on the tube, a foregone conclusion in the eastern US while the west waited to vote.

^ The average amount paid by Americans as part of their cell phone bill taxes is around 16.8% of their cell phone bill and this includes Federal, State and Local taxes.
  • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

The system gradually evolved, from Jeffersonian Democracy to Jacksonian Democracy and beyond. .In the 1860 Census the slave population in the United States had grown to four million.^ The number of these radical Red revolutionaries expected to invade the United States was estimated by the United Americans as being from 3 to 5 million.
  • The Communist-Capitalist Alliance 15 September 2009 6:17 UTC autarchic.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Imagine if after the Saudis bombed the WTC, millions of Saudis occupied the continental United States, took over Congress and imprisoned the president.
  • Was the 1893 overthrow of the monarchy illegal? Was it a theft of a nation owned by kanaka maoli and stolen by non-kanaka maoli? 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.angelfire.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Cell phone towers kill between five and fifty million migratory songbirds per year just in the United States.

[40], and in .Reconstruction after the Civil War (late 1860s) the newly freed slaves became citizens with (in the case of men) a nominal right to vote, and full enfranchisement of citizens was not secured until after the African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955–1968) which campaigned for freedom of oppression from white Americans, gained passage by the United States Congress of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.^ This was a negative-anti-freedom, in that African-Americans were being forced not to vote.
  • The Totalitarian Temptation and all that — Crooked Timber 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The new trade combination "will act for Amtorg, by its authority, as its official agent in the United States.
  • The Communist-Capitalist Alliance 15 September 2009 6:17 UTC autarchic.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The 14th Amendment was ADDED TO THE CONSTITUTION as part of the post Civil War reforms aimed at addressing the injustices to African Americans whose ancestors were brought here against their will to be enslaved, and their children thereof.
  • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

The establishment of universal male suffrage in France in 1848 was an important milestone in the history of democracy.
.In 1789, Revolutionary France adopted the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen and, although short-lived, the National Convention was elected by all males in 1792.^ No, I said; not if we were right in the principle which was acknowledged by all of us when we were framing the State: the principle, as you will remember, was that one man cannot practise many arts with success.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ His righteous standard was rejected by the media, by his own party, and by Christian leaders throughout the nation – a sad commentary on the discernment of our citizens and their leaders.
  • Dictatorship : NOVAKEO.COM 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC novakeo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Why, all those freedoms are solidly enshrined in the EU declaration of rights, in the EU constitution, in the Western mentality.
  • What does 'totalitarian' actually mean? | Samizdata.net 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.samizdata.net [Source type: Original source]

[41] Universal male suffrage was definitely established in France in March 1848 in the wake of the French Revolution of 1848.[42] .In 1848, several revolutions broke out in Europe as rulers were confronted with popular demands for liberal constitutions and more democratic government.^ The new democratic system will require a constitution that establishes the desired framework of the democratic government.
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

^ A Dictatorship is a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The State demands the strong wine of freedom, and unless her rulers give her a plentiful draught, punishes and insults them; equality and fraternity of governors and governed is the approved principle.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

[43]
.The Australian colonies became democratic during the mid 19th century, with South Australia being the first government in the world to introduce women's suffrage in 1861. (It was argued that as women would vote the same as their husbands, this essentially gave married men two votes, which was not unreasonable.^ How then can men and women have the same?
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Men and women are to be governed by the same laws and to have the same pursuits.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ We are then dumbstruck, when the proposition redrew the categories of the world’s previous and current form of government and created a category of a Democratic yet Dictatorship country.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

)
.New Zealand granted suffrage to (native) Māori men in 1867, white men in 1879, and women in 1893, thus becoming the first major nation to achieve universal suffrage.^ PSC leader Pasqual Maragall becomes the new President of the Generalitat and the ERC 's Josep-Llus Carod-Rovira becomes First Minister.
  • Spain: Dictatorship to Democracy and After 1975–2007 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC nick.frejol.org [Source type: General]

^ And of women likewise; there was not, however, any definite character in them, because the soul, when choosing a new life, must of necessity become different.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Nor can we say how great may be its influence, when it becomes universal,—when it has been inherited by many generations,—when it is freed from the trammels of superstition and rightly adapted to the wants and capacities of different classes of men and women.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

However, women were not eligible to stand for parliament until 1919.
.Liberal democracies were few and often short-lived before the late nineteenth century, and various nations and territories have also claimed to be the first with universal suffrage.^ They are not universal and objective but vary from nation to nation and generation to generation.
  • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

^ But the Church cannot give to the claims of nationality the first place, they must always be for her a secondary interest.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Austro-Hungarian Monarchy 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Average number of years before reaching the White House that a twentieth-century U.S. president won his first elected post : 14 .
  • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

20th century

.
Since World War II, democracy has gained widespread acceptance.
^ The main aim of US imperialism following World War II was to achieve complete control over the oppressed nations to ensure for itself ever-increasing profits from the oppressed peoples.
  • The Role of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat in the International Marxist-Leninist Movement 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.mltranslations.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Many estimate that World War II, for example, killed 40,000,000 to 60,000,000 people.
  • DEMOCIDE IN TOTALITARIAN STATES 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.hawaii.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ According to Twigg-Smith, the copy was made after World War II from the original diary, which was in what's known today as the Hawai'i State Archives.
  • Was the 1893 overthrow of the monarchy illegal? Was it a theft of a nation owned by kanaka maoli and stolen by non-kanaka maoli? 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.angelfire.com [Source type: Original source]

.This map displays the official self identification made by world governments with regard to democracy, as of March 2008. It shows the de jure status of democracy in the world.^ De-population Key to World Government “There are three ways of securing a society as regards population.

^ Democracy and economic planning : the political economy of a self-governing society / Pat Devine.

^ But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government.

.May 2009" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed]      Governments self identified as democratic[citation needed]      Governments not self identified as democratic: Vatican City, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar and Brunei.^ I don't argue with your response, but I may quibble with it as an over-generalization, simply because it is difficult to identify the policies of the Democratic party without reference to specific individuals.
  • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Eventually, the democratic parallel government may fully replace the dictatorial regime as part of the transition to a democratic system.
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

[citation needed]
.20th century transitions to liberal democracy have come in successive "waves of democracy," variously resulting from wars, revolutions, decolonization, religious and economic circumstances.^ The result is varied from the economic miracle, to monstrous hyperinflation.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Although dictators don't always get optimal results, this failure or success comes from their decisions and not from a lack of control over these variables.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ However, at the beginning of the nineteenth century a number of circumstances combined to bring about an increase of the religious spirit in Austria.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Austro-Hungarian Monarchy 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

.World War I and the dissolution of the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires resulted in the creation of new nation-states from Europe, most of them at least nominally democratic.^ World War I was a most important result of this contradiction.
  • The Role of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat in the International Marxist-Leninist Movement 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.mltranslations.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Both empires were/are military nation-states.
  • Dissident Voice : Why is Capitalism Failing Us? 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC dissidentvoice.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Organizing resistance , The Most Moral Army In the World , crimes against humanity , disinformation , idiot nation , image of the beast , monsters , there are no sunglasses .

.In the 1920s democracy flourished, but the Great Depression brought disenchantment, and most of the countries of Europe, Latin America, and Asia turned to strong-man rule or dictatorships.^ What are the most democratic countries in Europe?

^ Dictatorship & Democracy in Latin America Fall 2006 .
  • Dictatorship & Democracy in Latin America 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.oglethorpe.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ America is a great country."
  • William Ayers' forgotten communist manifesto: Prairie Fire 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.zombietime.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Fascism and dictatorships flourished in Nazi Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal, as well as nondemocratic regimes in the Baltics, the Balkans, Brazil, Cuba, China, and Japan, among others.^ Argentina received 3 times as much, Bangladesh 4 times, Botswana, Italy and Canada 1 1/2 times, Brazil 10 times as much, India and Iran twice as much, Indonesia 4 1/2 times, Japan 6 1/2 times, Mexico 3 times and Spain 7 1/2 times as much.
  • The Communist-Capitalist Alliance 15 September 2009 6:17 UTC autarchic.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

^ How well off would Nazi Germany have been if those silly other countries just stopped resisting them?
  • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

^ Now, in the mounting tide of nation-wide struggle against Japan and of world-wide struggle against fascism, just wars will spread all over China and the globe.
  • The Role of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat in the International Marxist-Leninist Movement 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.mltranslations.org [Source type: Original source]

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.World War II brought a definitive reversal of this trend in western Europe.^ From 1974 to 1977, Spain saw enormous labor agitation, the largest in Western Europe since World War II. This worried the Ford administration.
  • Vicente Navarro: How the U.S. Schemed Against Spain's Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.counterpunch.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Koch's father Heinz served in the German army during World War II, then returned to his village, in the sector of Germany then under Soviet control.
  • Totalitarian Busybodies - Reason Magazine 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC reason.com [Source type: Original source]

^ When the Wall fell, there was widespread fear in Europe of what a reunified Germany, which launched two world wars in barely a quarter century, might have on its mind.
  • Totalitarian Busybodies - Reason Magazine 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC reason.com [Source type: Original source]

.The successful democratization of the American, British, and French sectors of occupied Germany (disputed[45]), Austria, Italy, and the occupied Japan served as a model for the later theory of regime change.^ And those spectacular successes repeatedly sowed the minds of even committed democrats.” [1] [2] Is undeniable that in number most (11 of 17 countries) of these miracles happened under democracies but if we look closely, France, Japan, Italy, Austria and West Germany were already developed when the growth happened.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The peasants were led by the proletariat in a national democratic revolution in tsarist Russia, a country oppressed by French, British and German imperialism.
  • The Role of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat in the International Marxist-Leninist Movement 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.mltranslations.org [Source type: Original source]

^ That and our unrivaled success is the foundation of the animosity toward America and it's people, and the source of the shame felt by the American Liberal Intelligentsia, many of them Democrats.
  • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

.However, most of Eastern Europe, including the Soviet sector of Germany was forced into the non-democratic Soviet bloc.^ U.S. LEND-LEASE TO RUSSIA TOTALS 11 BILLION Eleven billion dollars of Lend-Lease goods went to aid the Soviet Union in its struggle with Germany on the eastern front.
  • The Communist-Capitalist Alliance 15 September 2009 6:17 UTC autarchic.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Your braggadocio on a number of posts and your statement “I do know, however, that I am far more knowledgeable than most other people, including you.” .
  • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

^ January 1st : A ban on smoking in some public places, including restaurants and bars, comes into force.
  • Spain: Dictatorship to Democracy and After 1975–2007 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC nick.frejol.org [Source type: General]

.The war was followed by decolonization, and again most of the new independent states had nominally democratic constitutions.^ X-man there is noooooo way you can portray the Monarchy as an outdated and un-democratic institution when the most modern, progressive, and prosperous states in this day and age are Constitutional Monarchies (Ex.
  • Iran Politics Club Forum :: View topic - Monarchy or Republic? 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.iranpoliticsclub.net [Source type: Original source]

^ In seemingly democratic states, this happens even if that person was selected in his or her position following free elections.

^ The creation and extension on a democratic basis of the state sector independent from foreign monopolies and gradually becoming a determining factor in the country's economy is of great importance in these countries.
  • The Role of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat in the International Marxist-Leninist Movement 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.mltranslations.org [Source type: Original source]

India emerged as the world's largest democracy and continues to be so.[46]
.In the decades following World War II, most western democratic nations had mixed economies and developed a welfare state, reflecting a general consensus among their electorates and political parties.^ Politics was local, the party was national.
  • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Organizing resistance , The Most Moral Army In the World , crimes against humanity , disinformation , idiot nation , image of the beast , monsters , there are no sunglasses .

^ Most of the Hungarian Jewish community was massacred during World War II ...

.In the 1950s and 1960s, economic growth was high in both the western and Communist countries; it later declined in the state-controlled economies.^ The current government's initiatives have set the way for the country's economic stability, growth and sustainable development.
  • Real Estate Punta Cana Dominican Republic TRUST REALTY condos villas lots 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC www.punta-cana.us [Source type: News]

^ State capitalism in Communist countries did and does exploit workers whose labour provided high living standards for the party elite.
  • Communism - Liberapedia 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC liberapedia.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Traditionally capitalist countries like Britain, Canada and the United States have increasingly introduced restrictions on economic activities in order to promote the general social good.
  • Howstuffworks "Introduction to How Capitalism Works" 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC money.howstuffworks.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.By 1960, the vast majority of country-states were nominally democracies, although the majority of the world's populations lived in nations that experienced sham elections, and other forms of subterfuge (particularly in Communist nations and the former colonies.^ The next result of these combined efforts has been to promote 'internationalism' in a particular sense-a form directed toward 'world government' and a derogation of American 'nationalism.'
  • The Communist-Capitalist Alliance 15 September 2009 6:17 UTC autarchic.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Says: May 26th, 2007 at 2:07 pm After the collapsed of communism, civil wars sprung up in those former communist countries.
  • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

^ The population continues to rise in many countries only because people are living longer.
  • Zombietime: Obama "science czar" is a totalitarian crank 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC minx.cc [Source type: General]

)
This graph shows Freedom House's evaluation of the number of nations in the different categories given above for the period for which there are surveys, 1972-2005
.A subsequent wave of democratization brought substantial gains toward true liberal democracy for many nations.^ That and our unrivaled success is the foundation of the animosity toward America and it's people, and the source of the shame felt by the American Liberal Intelligentsia, many of them Democrats.
  • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Posted by: Mike at January 20, 2005 07:53 AM "...and the source of the shame felt by the American Liberal Intelligentsia, many of them Democrats."
  • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I thought my closing paragraph was to the point; namely that Obama, and the rest of the democrats and their liberal cohorts, are afraid to show their true selves: .
  • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

.Spain, Portugal (1974), and several of the military dictatorships in South America returned to civilian rule in the late 1970s and early 1980s (Argentina in 1983, Bolivia, Uruguay in 1984, Brazil in 1985, and Chile in the early 1990s).^ This is evident in South Korea in early 1990s.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ It is what happen in the South Korea on early 1990s.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The operation was jointly conducted by the intelligence and security services of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay during the mid-1970s.
  • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

.This was followed by nations in East and South Asia by the mid- to late 1980s.^ South East Asia Research 9:1 , pp.
  • Network monarchy and legitima... 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC docs.google.com [Source type: Original source]

^ South East Asia Research 7:3 , pp.
  • Network monarchy and legitima... 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC docs.google.com [Source type: Original source]

^ New Zealanders have the Pacific Islanders and citizens of other south-east Asian nations trying to get in.

.Economic malaise in the 1980s, along with resentment of communist oppression, contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union, the associated end of the Cold War, and the democratization and liberalization of the former Eastern bloc countries.^ U.S. LEND-LEASE TO RUSSIA TOTALS 11 BILLION Eleven billion dollars of Lend-Lease goods went to aid the Soviet Union in its struggle with Germany on the eastern front.
  • The Communist-Capitalist Alliance 15 September 2009 6:17 UTC autarchic.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

^ On the other hand, the coup against Zelaya was carried out by a united Honduran elite in defense of a Cold War-era constitution that protects the current economic and social structure in the third poorest country in the hemisphere.
  • Totalitarian Rightists Put Orwellian Spin on Honduras Coup 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.thenation.com [Source type: Original source]

^ As the economic situation deteriorates, mainstream liberals have had to reach for other distractions, including the “war on terror,” the war against immigrants, and the war on drugs or crime.
  • Dictatorship : NOVAKEO.COM 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC novakeo.com [Source type: Original source]

.The most successful of the new democracies were those geographically and culturally closest to western Europe, and they are now members or candidate members of the European Union[citation needed] .^ Abby Goodman has for years been the news director at "progressive" Pacifica station WBAI in New York; she also hosts its national Democracy Now!

^ But by 1926, after the successful Revolution based on just such an alliance, he needed a new line with which to attack the USSR; so he now claimed that it was impossible to build socialism while there was only one socialist country because the Soviet Union will always be under the control of world economy i.e.
  • The Role of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat in the International Marxist-Leninist Movement 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.mltranslations.org [Source type: Original source]

^ It's superficiality is expressed where advocates of Multiculturalism can really only tolerate cultural forms in other countries so long as they don't infringe on contemporary western values.
  • What does 'totalitarian' actually mean? | Samizdata.net 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.samizdata.net [Source type: Original source]

.The liberal trend spread to some nations in Africa in the 1990s, most prominently in South Africa.^ Over the past two decades, a democratic revolution has been sweeping the world, starting in Latin America, then spreading through Eastern Europe and most recently across Africa.
  • Democracy 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.icpd.org [Source type: Original source]

^ With more than 200 million people, Indonesia is the world's fourth most populous nation and spreads over thousands of islands.
  • Online NewsHour: Reform Struggle -- June 2, 1998 25 September 2009 1:16 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

^ With a message emphasizing nationalism rather than Marxist-Leninist ideology, these parties had regained some of their power and influence by the mid-1990s.
  • Communist Party Statistics Sources 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]
  • COMMUNIST PARTIES, 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.history.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Some recent examples of attempts of liberalization include the Indonesian Revolution of 1998, the Bulldozer Revolution in Yugoslavia, the Rose Revolution in Georgia, the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon, and the Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan.^ We commemorate this anniversary also because the people of the Ukraine, Finland, Georgia, and the other nations oppressed by tsarist Russian imperialism were liberated.
  • The Role of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat in the International Marxist-Leninist Movement 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.mltranslations.org [Source type: Original source]

.Currently, there are 123 countries that are democratic (up from 40 in 1972)[47].^ Our blessed country is currently involved in so many bloody imperial adventures around the world that one needs a scorecard to keep up.
  • Dictatorship : NOVAKEO.COM 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC novakeo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Posted by: praktike at January 20, 2005 07:40 AM " Hammer that into dust and there won't be a country worth governing, regardless of who wins."
  • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If there have been some who ‘to party gave up what was meant for mankind,’ there have certainly been others who to family gave up what was meant for mankind or for their country.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

[citation needed] .As such, it has been speculated that this trend may continue in the future to the point where liberal democratic nation-states become the universal standard form of human society.^ At some point in the future nearly all will be graduates of the National University.
  • Future of Constitutional Monarchy 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.futures.hawaii.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ It was conceived as state-building from above, not democratization nor liberalization.

^ This society versus state idea was expressed in various ways: natural society vs. The anti-state liberal tradition in Europe and the United States continued after Molinari in the early writings of Herbert Spencer , as well as in thinkers such as Paul Émile de Puydt and Auberon Herbert .
  • Capitalism encyclopedia topics | Reference.com 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.reference.com [Source type: Original source]

This prediction forms the core of Francis Fukayama's "End of History" controversial theory. .These theories are criticized by those who fear an evolution of liberal democracies to post-democracy, and other who points out the high number of illiberal democracies.^ To those who display their ignorance, I point that out, including you.
  • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Could you please point out some of these unintended consequences that have not been discussed or how I (or MM) have been lazy?

^ According to the Post, among those who raised concerns internally was FBI Special Agent Bassem Youssef , supervisor of the communications analysis unit that dealt with the records.

Forms

Democracy has taken a number of forms, both in theory and practice. .The following kinds are not exclusive of one another: many specify details of aspects that are independent of one another and can co-exist in a single system.^ This is another reminder that communism or socialism have almost always been given just one chance to work, if that much, while capitalism has been given numerous chances to do so following its perennial fiascos.
  • Dictatorship : NOVAKEO.COM 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC novakeo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ And policy is one among many kinds of skill,—not the skill of the carpenter, or of the worker in metal, or of the husbandman, but the skill of him who advises about the interests of the whole State.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Just before, and after, the creation of the Soviet state, assassinations by Jews, in one form or another, sometimes as secret police agents, are many.

Political ratings of countries according to Freedom House’s Freedom in the World survey, 2009:     Free     Partly Free     Not Free
Countries highlighted in blue are designated "electoral democracies" in Freedom House's 2010 survey Freedom in the World

Representative

.Representative democracy involves the selection of government officials by the people being represented.^ But so long as there is democracy among one part of society, that will inevitably be part of a dictatorship exercised by that part of society, even if "that part of society" represents and increasingly draws in the great majority of people.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Terrorism is a tool being used by the U.S. government to manipulate the American people .

^ Government (or party) agencies would order subordinate units to kill a certain number of "enemies of the people," "rightists," or "tyrants," and the precise application of the order was left to the units involved.
  • DEMOCIDE IN TOTALITARIAN STATES 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.hawaii.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.If the head of state is also democratically elected then it is called a democratic republic.^ The Cultural Revolution does not call for the release of the Communists and other revolutionaries from the prisons of the United Arab Republic, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and other Arab states.
  • The Role of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat in the International Marxist-Leninist Movement 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.mltranslations.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Generally they call them masters, but in democratic States they simply call them rulers.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The United States had brought down the democratically elected government of Guatemala in 1954 and it is estimated that over 200,000 people had been victims of successive military dictatorships.
  • Dictatorship : NOVAKEO.COM 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC novakeo.com [Source type: Original source]

.The most common mechanisms involve election of the candidate with a majority or a plurality of the votes.^ Using communist tactics, in which he was most proficient, Ben Bella eliminated all opposition and rigged a Soviet-style election giving the voters a chance to vote only for Ben Bella candidates.
  • Radio Liberty Newsletter - June 2007 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.radioliberty.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Proportional Representation If each election for each legislator is viewed by itself and by individual candidates and if there were no political parties, then the instant runoff vote would make for fair elections.
  • http://www.saers.com/~craig/FundamentalDemocracy.html 25 September 2009 1:16 UTC www.saers.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They eliminate most of the "pot luck" of "closest to the post" voting for a single candidate, while also giving reasonably strong minorities and popular independent candidates a voice in the legislature.
  • http://www.saers.com/~craig/FundamentalDemocracy.html 25 September 2009 1:16 UTC www.saers.com [Source type: Original source]

.Representatives may be elected or become diplomatic representatives by a particular district (or constituency), or represent the entire electorate proportionally proportional systems, with some using a combination of the two.^ I’m in perfect agreement that noone should be forced into using a particular system of units/measurement for their daily commerce.
  • The Other Side of Kim - TheOtherSideofKim Front Page 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.theothersideofkim.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The common term under which, through the accidental use of language, two entirely different ideas were included was another source of confusion.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The ideology may erode, and myths and symbols of the system may become unstable.
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

.Some representative democracies also incorporate elements of direct democracy, such as referendums.^ I've heard plenty of people say that direct democracy is real democracy and representative democracy is not real democracy, but I've never heard anyone say the opposite.

^ Here Franklin is talking specifically about unlimited direct democracy, as opposed to the limited representative democracy he spent a good part of his life fighting for and building.
  • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

^ It still represents a division where some people are excluded from rule and excluded from democracy, or do not have the same rights as others.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

.A characteristic of representative democracy is that while the representatives are elected by the people to act in their interest, they retain the freedom to exercise their own judgment as how best to do so.^ It's how they keep people away.

^ A legitimate democracy is one that is representative of the people.

^ Cults, however, do not represent a democracy by and for the people.
  • Totalitarian Sects and the Democratic State 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.lermanet.com [Source type: Original source]

Parliamentary

.Parliamentary democracy is where government is appointed by parliamentary representatives as opposed to a 'presidential rule' wherein the President is both head of state and the head of government and is elected by the voters.^ And the government is the ruling power in each state?
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The King of Nepal said he was a proponent of multiparty democracy , then fired the government, sent troops to the house of the Prime Minister, and assumed direct ruling authority.
  • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Three days later, Spanish voters, who overwhelmingly opposed their government's support of the Iraq war, turned out the ruling Popular Party in favor of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party, which pledged to bring Spanish troops home from Iraq .
  • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Under a parliamentary democracy, government is exercised by delegation to an executive ministry and subject to ongoing review, checks and balances by the legislative parliament elected by the people.^ In the dictionary definition, democracy "is government by the people in which the.
  • A democracy government 25 September 2009 1:16 UTC flytorrey.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Democracy, that is, government of the people by the people, will be a reality.
  • Libertarian Communism, by Isaac Puente 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC flag.blackened.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Government Turkey is a parliamentary democracy governed under the constitution of 1982.
  • Turkey (Republic) Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Turkey (Republic) 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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Liberal

.A Liberal democracy is a representative democracy in which the ability of the elected representatives to exercise decision-making power is subject to the rule of law, and usually moderated by a constitution that emphasizes the protection of the rights and freedoms of individuals, and which places constraints on the leaders and on the extent to which the will of the majority can be exercised against the rights of minorities (see civil liberties).^ The sworn enemy of each group are liberals (in the classic sense): those committed to the rule of law, protection of minorities' right to dissent, and individual liberties.
  • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Political power and personal freedom; critical studies in democracy, communism, and civil rights.

^ The individual rights and freedoms that we enjoy and the Brits themselves were increasingly coming to enjoy were being "written" , not only through parliament, but also in common law.That arm of government (the judiciary), when independent, plays a vital part in defining a liberal democracy.
  • Totalitarian Rightists Put Orwellian Spin on Honduras Coup 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.thenation.com [Source type: Original source]

Constitutional

See: Constitutional democracy

Direct

.Direct democracy is a political system where the citizens participate in the decision-making personally, contrary to relying on intermediaries or representatives.The supporters of direct democracy argue that democracy is more than merely a procedural issue.^ I'm more a historian than a political theorist.
  • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Socrates supposes that almost all of its citizens—not quite all (415d-e)—have to reach their fullest psychological potential, but it is not clear that anyone has to do more than this.
  • Plato's Ethics and Politics in The Republic (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ Knowledge of the terror of Communist rule in various countries has been learned more from books than personal contacts.
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

A direct democracy gives the voting population the power to:
  1. Change constitutional laws,
  2. Put forth initiatives, referenda and suggestions for laws,
  3. Give binding orders to elective officials, such as revoking them before the end of their elected term, or initiating a lawsuit for breaking a campaign promise.
.Of the three measures mentioned, most operate in developed democracies today.^ Only after the Three-in-One Combination replaced the Party apparatus in most areas did the Cultural Revolution even mention the international situation.
  • The Role of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat in the International Marxist-Leninist Movement 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.mltranslations.org [Source type: Original source]

.This is part of a gradual shift towards direct democracies.^ Here Franklin is talking specifically about unlimited direct democracy, as opposed to the limited representative democracy he spent a good part of his life fighting for and building.
  • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

.Examples of this include the extensive use of referenda in California with more than 20 million voters, and (i.e., voting).^ California voters approved a measure requiring drug offenders to be sentenced to treatment rather than prison.
  • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ William Says: July 13th, 2009 at 10:20 am If the planet truly is overpopulating it is nothing more than the result to something these “elites” are the cause of.
  • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

^ For example, California might bloom again if it used more of that "European airport" font, and had soothing blue road signs marked in kilometers.

[56] in .Switzerland, where five million voters decide on national referenda and initiatives two to four times a year; direct democratic instruments are also well established at the cantonal and communal level.^ But the nation was desperate after years of suffocating under Team Bush, and it was a once in 40 years alignment of the electoral stars for the Democrats.
  • Gore Vidal: ‘We’ll Have a Dictatorship Soon in the US’ | CommonDreams.org 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: General]

^ Initially, at least in the years 1949-51, those communists suspected of national deviation ...

^ Moreover, she moved to Switzerland in 2002, lived there for two years, and then voluntarily returned to Cuba.
  • Dictatorship : NOVAKEO.COM 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC novakeo.com [Source type: Original source]
  • scientific dictatorship « Therearenosunglasses’s Weblog 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com [Source type: Original source]

.Vermont towns have been known for their yearly town meetings, held every March to decide on local issues.^ You just don't have mass meetings to decide everything; and, as I have talked about from a lot of different angles, you don't have masses who are absolutely equal in every way.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

^ January 1885 Article The town-meeting By John Fiske SEE ALSO: Democracy ; Local government ; Political development PDF IMAGES .
  • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.No direct democracy is in existence outside the framework of a different overarching form of government.^ Democracy is a form of society and government .
  • HansCees.com 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC web.inter.nl.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Pure democracy is an extreme form of government.

^ Democracy is just a form of government.
  • Liberal Democrats & News Media Liberal Bias - Free Republic, Democracy, Real Clear Politics, Libertarian, Libertarian Party, Socialism, Communism - Part 2 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.waliberals.net [Source type: General]

.Most direct democracies to date have been weak forms, relatively small communities, usually city-states.^ He does not see that education is relative to the characters of individuals; he only desires to impress the same form of the state on the minds of all.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ And so tyranny naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme form of liberty?
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Especially in the cities but also to some degree in the rural areas, you have a relatively small stratum that is profiting, while the great masses of people are suffering terribly.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

.The world is yet to see a large, fundamental, working example of direct democracy as of yet, with most examples being small and weak forms.^ We are then dumbstruck, when the proposition redrew the categories of the world’s previous and current form of government and created a category of a Democratic yet Dictatorship country.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ It will now be time, I said, for us to return to our State and see whether this or some other form is most in accordance with these fundamental principles.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ And so tyranny naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme form of liberty?
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

See: List of direct democracy parties

Participatory

A Parpolity or Participatory Polity is a theoretical form of democracy that is ruled by a Nested Council structure. .The guiding philosophy is that people should have decision making power in proportion to how much they are affected by the decision.^ POI How are you certain that Dictatorship will have the characteristic of an efficient decision making?
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The decision was made on the scene, [and] seemed logical to the people there, but it should have been taken using this HIG format, at a higher level.” .

^ That they were happy to cheapshot the Nationalists too only shows how stupid many of their decisions were.
  • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

.Local councils of 25-50 people are completely autonomous on issues that affect only them, and these councils send delegates to higher level councils who are again autonomous regarding issues that affect only the population affected by that council.^ The population continues to rise in many countries only because people are living longer.
  • Zombietime: Obama "science czar" is a totalitarian crank 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC minx.cc [Source type: General]

^ The solution of the peasant problem, which directly affects the interests of the vast majority of the population, is of the utmost importance to these countries.
  • The Role of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat in the International Marxist-Leninist Movement 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.mltranslations.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The decision was made on the scene, [and] seemed logical to the people there, but it should have been taken using this HIG format, at a higher level.” .

.A council court of randomly chosen citizens serves as a check on the tyranny of the majority, and rules on which body gets to vote on which issue.^ If the majority can vote away the rights of a minority, then what you have is mob rule.
  • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

^ If the majority can vote away the rights of a minority, then what you have is mob rule.” .
  • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

.Delegates can vote differently than their sending council might wish, but are mandated to communicate the wishes of their sending council.^ Granting the Colonies full democratic representation in the British Government might have resulted in a very different history than we have seen, but I digress.
  • Dissident Voice : Why is Capitalism Failing Us? 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC dissidentvoice.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Communism today is much different than the 40s and 50s.
  • Communist Party Backs Obama 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

Delegates are recallable at any time. .Referenda are possible at any time via votes of the majority of lower level councils, however, not everything is a referendum as this is most likely a waste of time.^ The removal of particular persons and cliques from the governing positions most likely will merely make it possible for another group to take their place.
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The latter choice is going to be the most difficult to take, since we can’t know ahead of time what that new life will be like—we will be literally making it up as we go along.

^ Meanwhile, that majority, using the same tactic as the Prop 13 backers (ie initiative and referendum) and conventional legislation, keeps voting for more spending.

A parpolity is meant to work in tandem with a participatory economy See: Parpolity

Socialist

"Democracy cannot consist solely of elections that are nearly always fictitious and managed by rich landowners and professional politicians."
Che Guevara, Marxist revolutionary[57]
.Socialist thought has several different views on democracy.^ The initial view of democracy as we know it was conceived by the Greeks, however the practical application of democracy we have today is drastically different from their view.
  • Democracy@Everything2.com 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.everything2.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Examining State from the point of view of underlying it property relations, we can see all applications and influences of representative democracy from quite a different angle.
  • Dictatorship and Democracy 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC state.110mb.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Through meeting other canvassers, I got to know a few different stripes of Socialist/Communist thought.
  • Red FAQs 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.scn.org [Source type: Original source]

.Social democracy, democratic socialism, and the dictatorship of the proletariat (usually exercised through Soviet democracy) are some examples.^ This means that even though there are examples of social benefits through the dictatorship, it is not comes from the system itself, as suggested by democracy, but are a subjective mechanism that comes from the dictator.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ It is an example of a good 'social contract' mechanism that does not exist in a dictatorship.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ When a country is going through a civil war or has internal tensions escalating, a dictatorship can resolve this conflicts in a more definite way than in democracies.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

.Many democratic socialists and social democrats believe in a form of participatory democracy and workplace democracy combined with a representative democracy.^ You'll note that socialists, too, believe that socialism is a moral necessity.

^ And because of those associations I believe that not only is he a far left liberal Democrat but also a socialist and quite possibly a communist.
  • Communist Party Backs Obama 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

^ After the 1936 Spanish elections, the Republican coalition, was formed out of more than ten parties including anarchists, socialists, and social democrats.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

.Within Marxist orthodoxy there is a hostility to what is commonly called "liberal democracy", which they simply refer to as parliamentary democracy because of its often centralized nature.^ So, are they bad simply because of their source?
  • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Far more often, nonviolent struggle operates by changing the conflict situation and the society so that the opponents simply cannot do as they like.
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Rather, Murray calls for an awakening of the elites because he wants them to stop trying to change America (and also because he thinks they’d live better/happier lives).
  • The Totalitarian Temptation and all that — Crooked Timber 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

.Because of their desire to eliminate the political elitism they see in capitalism, Marxists, Leninists and Trotskyists believe in direct democracy implemented though a system of communes (which are sometimes called soviets).^ This eliminates any need for self-criticism based on a recognition of the backward international situation in which the world Marxist-Leninist movement now finds itself.
  • The Role of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat in the International Marxist-Leninist Movement 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.mltranslations.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Dictatorships are superior to democracies on the expediency with which they can arrive to and implement laws [solutions?
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ But the significant fact is that it is a subversive act in Iran, under the rule of what our comrades in the Communist Party of Iran (Marxist-Leninist-Maoist) call the "filthy Mullahs."
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

.This system ultimately manifests itself as council democracy and begins with workplace democracy.^ This very much sounds more like a system of oligarchy, rather than democracy, as Aristotle had long warned of, quoted near the beginning of this article.
  • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Instead of various Councils created in the democracies, the Nazi system created a Court of Adjutants, who acted as go between leader and various agencies and performed the coordination in his name.
  • Schindler, the Man and the Symbol 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC kimel.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Capitalism itself is not a political system like democracy, but an economic one.
  • Fuzzy Thinking: Obama, Capitalism, and Socialism 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.wargamer.com [Source type: Original source]

(See Democracy in Marxism)

Anarchist

.Anarchists are split in this domain, depending on whether they believe that a majority-rule is tyrannic or not.^ Contrary to popular opinion, even totalitarian dictatorships are dependent on the population and the societies they rule.
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Or, more than that, they don't want anyone ruling in the name of an official ideology -- whether it's religious fundamentalism, or Marxism-Leninism-Maoism.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The pirates were going around unmasked, whether because they trusted the blindfolds or believed that the prisoners would not survive.
  • Anarchy at Sea - William Langewiesche 10 February 2010 11:17 UTC www.wesjones.com [Source type: Original source]

.The only form of democracy considered acceptable to many anarchists is direct democracy.^ The love of Lacedaemon not only affected Plato and Xenophon, but was shared by many undistinguished Athenians; there they seemed to find a principle which was wanting in their own democracy.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

.Pierre-Joseph Proudhon argued that the only acceptable form of direct democracy is one in which it is recognized that majority decisions are not binding on the minority, even when unanimous.^ But so long as there is democracy among one part of society, that will inevitably be part of a dictatorship exercised by that part of society, even if "that part of society" represents and increasingly draws in the great majority of people.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

^ We expect such tactics from undercover cops, or FBI. There the agents are called “provocateurs” — even if only “cognitive.” One learns to smell or deal with them in a group, or recognize trolling online.

^ Notions of democracy in one form or another constantly reassert themselves.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

[58] .However, anarcho-communist Murray Bookchin criticized individualist anarchists for opposing democracy,[59] and says "majority rule" is consistent with anarchism.^ I’d assume that the majority would say we are a Democracy.
  • Pajamas Media » America: A Republic, Not a Democracy 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC pajamasmedia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He is making a false comparison, because he is using only one definition of the term ‘democracy’ and it is the weakest definition; i.e., simply a ‘rule by the majority’.
  • Pajamas Media » America: A Republic, Not a Democracy 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC pajamasmedia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Not the least of which is that democracy at any level has a tendency to slide toward that democracy that is no more than “the rule of the majority” which Hawkins described.
  • Pajamas Media » America: A Republic, Not a Democracy 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC pajamasmedia.com [Source type: Original source]

[60]
.Some anarcho-communists oppose the majoritarian nature of direct democracy, feeling that it can impede individual liberty and opt in favour of a non-majoritarian form of consensus democracy, similar to Proudhon's position on direct democracy.^ And so tyranny naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme form of liberty?
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The divine right of kings, or more generally of governments, is one of the forms under which this natural feeling is expressed.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

[61] .Henry David Thoreau, who did not self-identify as an anarchist but argued for "a better government"[62] and is cited as an inspiration by some anarchists, argued that people should not be in the position of ruling others or being ruled when there is no consent.^ On some basic issues there should be no compromise.
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

^ There is no other way.

^ There is not equality between those who are in a position of exploiting others, and those who are exploited.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

Iroquois

.Iroquois society had a form of participatory democracy and representative democracy.^ But so long as there is democracy among one part of society, that will inevitably be part of a dictatorship exercised by that part of society, even if "that part of society" represents and increasingly draws in the great majority of people.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Under full-fledged representative democracy social payments or income redistribution are inbuilt in the power mechanisms of “one man – one vote” and form inevitable nature of society, without which society is essentially unthinkable.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Moreover, from the motives it is done, social benefits in democracy is inbuilt in the power mechanisms of “one man – one vote” and form inevitable nature of society.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

[63] .Iroquois government and law was discussed by Benjamin Franklin[63] and Thomas Jefferson.^ Almost two centuries ago, Thomas Jefferson warned about the power of “moneyed corporations” to distort good government.

[64] .Though some others disagree,[65] some scholars regard it to have influenced the formation of American representative democracy.^ What I disagree with vehemently is the idiocy of Social Realism, the idea that someone can arbitrarily decide that some art or music, is "elitist", is not "representative" of the proletariat.
  • Gore Vidal: ‘We’ll Have a Dictatorship Soon in the US’ | CommonDreams.org 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: General]

^ The influence ascribed to music, which to us seems exaggerated, is also a Pythagorean feature; it is not to be regarded as representing the real influence of music in the Greek world.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Change since 2000 in the percentage of Latin Americans who say they prefer democracy to other forms of government: -12 .
  • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[64]

Sortition

.Sometimes called "democracy without elections", sortition is the process of choosing decision makers via a random process.^ Low taxes, subsidies, ensuring economical liberties) without facing the boundaries that a Democracy encounters on it's political process (e.g.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Low taxes, subsidies, ensuring economical liberties) without facing the boundaries that a Democracy encounters on it's political process".
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ What about the productive sector of NZ who are slaves to the perversion of democracy that these unproductive leftist call the electoral process??
  • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

.The intention is that those chosen will be representative of the opinions and interests of the people at large, and be more fair and impartial than an elected official.^ Does an “elected” official represent the people if turnout is too low?
  • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

^ That's more than 300 million people.
  • Robert Jensen: Anti-Capitalism in Five Minutes 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.counterpunch.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ That's more than 3 billion people.
  • Robert Jensen: Anti-Capitalism in Five Minutes 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.counterpunch.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The technique was in widespread use in Athenian Democracy and is still used in modern jury selection.

Consensus

.Consensus democracy requires varying degrees of consensus rather than just a mere democratic majority.^ California voters approved a measure requiring drug offenders to be sentenced to treatment rather than prison.
  • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ So democracy is different under the dictatorship of the proletariat, it serves different interests and aims, just as that dictatorship itself is radically different and serves different interests and aims than bourgeois dictatorship.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

^ In the end I guess I might rather characterize my defeat at the hands of a hated opponent as a conscious act, rather than the result of being merely ignored.
  • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

.It typically attempts to protect minority rights from domination by majority rule.^ It was meant to protect the rights of the minority from the dictates of the majority.
  • A Republic, If You Can Keep It 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC www.house.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ If the majority can vote away the rights of a minority, then what you have is mob rule.
  • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

^ If the majority can vote away the rights of a minority, then what you have is mob rule.” .
  • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

Supranational

Qualified majority voting (QMV) is designed by the Treaty of Rome to be the principal method of reaching decisions in the European Council of Ministers. .This system allocates votes to member states in part according to their population, but heavily weighted in favour of the smaller states.^ Germany has a mixed-member-proportional voting system that delivers a highly proportional result.
  • Our Benign Dictatorship 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC splatto.net [Source type: Original source]

^ This has given Brussels the right to allocate quotas to different member states who can now fish in British waters.

^ So they vote for members of the California State Assembly and State Senate based on party identifications that have little to do with governing California.

.This might be seen as a form of representative democracy, but representatives to the Council might be appointed rather than directly elected.^ Representative democracy is a form of fraud.
  • Why Nazism Was Socialism and Why Socialism Is Totalitarian - George Reisman - Mises Economics Blog 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC blog.mises.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Western democracy has been an abject failure, more so because it gets away with ‘masks of consent’ rather than facing revolutionary forces of workers in solidarity.
  • Capitalism: A Democrat’s Love Story By Saswat Pattanayak : voxunion.com 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.voxunion.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In the dictionary definition, democracy "is government by the people in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system."
  • Emergent Democracy / Joi Ito's Socialtext Workspace 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC joiwiki.ito.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Some might consider the "individuals" being democratically represented to be states rather than people, as with many other international organizations.^ Some people DO consider me rather opinionated.
  • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

^ And is not a State larger than an individual?
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Many people answer this by adamantly saying no -- that, by definition, a party that is disciplined, that applies democratic centralism, that has a strong central core of leadership, and in some cases has a very strong individual leader, by definition will stifle the initiative of other people, will prevent them from really thinking creatively and critically, and will prevent them from bringing forward anything new; that by the dint and weight of the discipline and "bureaucracy" of such an organization, it's bound to crush and suffocate any kind of creative and critical impulse.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

.European Parliament members are democratically directly elected on the basis of universal suffrage, may be seen as an example of a supranational democratic institution.^ We have seen illustrations of this in recent times, for example, with the selection of the Democratic Party nominee.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Chance that a member of the European Parliament voted in January to support E.U. participation in Plan Colombia: 1 in 508 .
  • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Cosmopolitan

.Cosmopolitan democracy, also known as Global democracy or World Federalism is a political system in which democracy is implemented on a global scale, either directly or through representatives.^ A huge industry, the largest unregulated monopoly the world has ever seen, known commonly as our federal government, will cease to have purpose, once all of its EM sycophants are either reprogrammed or terminated.
  • Dissident Voice : Why is Capitalism Failing Us? 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC dissidentvoice.org [Source type: Original source]

^ From global capitalism to economic justice : an inquiry into the elimination of systemic poverty, violence, and environmental destruction in the world economy / Arjun Makhijani.

^ THE WORLD IS NOT OVERPOPULATED. It is simply over corrupted and it’s those who are corrupt who want the reductions, not to the betterment of mankind but to further consolodate power through a technocratic system of control.
  • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

.The supporters of cosmopolitan democracy argue that it is fundamentally different from any form of national or regional democracy, because in a Cosmopolitan Democracy, decisions are made by people influenced by them, while in Regional and National Democracies, decisions often influence people outside the constituency, which by-definition can not vote.^ Regional, class, cultural, or national differences may become acute.
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

^ "California isn't a democracy because the legislature can't raise taxes with, say, 52% of legislators voting for the tax increase?

^ With so many decisions made by so few people in the dictatorship, mistakes of judgment, policy, and action are likely to occur.
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

[66]
.In a globalised world, argue the supporters of Cosmopolitan Democracy, any attempt to solve global problems would either be undemocratic or have to implement cosmopolitan democracy.^ He would confine the terms King or State to the rule of reason and justice, and he will not concede that title either to a democracy or to a monarchy.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Beyond this, even if there were a perfect technofix for energy depletion and time enough to implement the fix, this would not solve the fundamental problem of which energy depletion is just a symptom.

^ Intense energy production would lead to much more intense problems down the road (coal/oil=global warming; nuclear=waste/sustainability issues).

.The challenge of cosmopolitan democracy is to apply some of the values and norms of democracy, including the rule of law, the non-violent resolutions of conflicts, and the equality among citizens, also beyond the state.^ In 126 BC the tribune Iunius Pennus even passed a law expelling non-citizens from Rome.

^ We have to do it by applying some of the principles that Mao emphasized, including the principle of "embraces but does not replace."
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

^ We must go beyond false separations, such as "non-violent" versus "violent" that place prisoners in opposition to each other.
  • A World Beyond Capitalism, The Conference, The Community, The Love - Join Us! 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC 00no-capitalism.livejournal.com [Source type: General]

.This requires to reform international organizations, first of all the United Nations, and to create new institutions, such as a World Parliament, which could increase the degree of public control and accountability on international politics.^ Well, first of all, who controls the public funds?
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

^ One sign of their confinement is the effort that they expended in 2002 to create a new body of ship and port security regulations overseen by the very same institution that has proved to be incapable of controlling the situation at sea - the International Maritime Organization.
  • Anarchy at Sea - William Langewiesche 10 February 2010 11:17 UTC www.wesjones.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thus the Regime could have the power to control pollution not only in the atmosphere and oceans, but also in such freshwater bodies as rivers and lakes that cross international boundaries or that discharge into the oceans.
  • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

.Cosmopolitan Democracy was promoted, among others, by physicist Albert Einstein [67], writer Kurt Vonnegut, columnist George Monbiot, and professors David Held and Daniele Archibugi[68].^ None other than that world famous internationalist Albert Einstein.
  • Creators of the atomic bomb: debasing nuclear power into a totalitarian order in the new world 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.heaven-words.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Einstein, Albert, Ideas and Opinions , Based on Mein Weltbild , edited by Carl Seelig, and other sources.
  • Creators of the atomic bomb: debasing nuclear power into a totalitarian order in the new world 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.heaven-words.com [Source type: Original source]

Non-governmental

.Aside from the public sphere, similar democratic principles and mechanisms of voting and representation have been used to govern other kinds of communities and organizations.^ Democracy is preferable to any other kind of government .
  • How People View Democracy: 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.stanford.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It goes beyond the periodic act of voting; it is characterized by participation in government, viz., involving members of the community in governmental decisions, allowing them to take part in anything at all which amounts to a public demonstration of popular opinion.
  • An Essay On Democracy. 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.blupete.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In a democratic government key principles include free and open elections, the rule of law, and a separation of powers, typically into the following: .
  • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

Theory

Voting is an important part of the formal democratic process.

Aristotle

.Aristotle contrasted rule by the many (democracy/polity), with rule by the few (oligarchy/aristocracy), and with rule by a single person (tyranny or today autocracy/monarchy).^ Democracy or mob rule leads to tyranny which leads to an oligarchy.
  • Pajamas Media » America: A Republic, Not a Democracy 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC pajamasmedia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In one person (monarchy or its perversion, tyranny); in a group of people(aristocracy or oligarchy) or in the citizens (a contitutional government, aka, a republic).
  • Pajamas Media » America: A Republic, Not a Democracy 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC pajamasmedia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ C); none attained to his ideal of a voluntary rule over voluntary subjects, which seems indeed more nearly to describe democracy than any other; and the worst of them is tyranny.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

.He also thought that there was a good and a bad variant of each system (he considered democracy to be the degenerate counterpart to polity).^ We must not leap to the conclusion that there is a “true democracy” which is a natural amalgam of good government as representative government, political justice, equality, liberty, and human rights.
  • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

^ We can travel only so far on democracy as the least bad system.
  • Hoover Institution - Policy Review - Universal Democracy? 25 September 2009 1:16 UTC www.hoover.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Nevertheless, good or bad, because of or despite capitalism, it can be seen from history that there has been a sustained tendency for capitalist economies to grow over time.
  • Bambooweb: Capitalism 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.bambooweb.com [Source type: Original source]

[69][70]
.For Aristotle the underlying principle of democracy is freedom, since only in a democracy the citizens can have a share in freedom.^ Like a fish to water, democracy can only exist in a total atmosphere of freedom of action; it is completely incompatible with a system that provides for a governing authority with coercive power.
  • An Essay On Democracy. 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.blupete.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If he truly believes that freedom is "only on the right side of the aisle," I suggest he vacation in Uzbekistan- but be prepared to be boiled alive (as democracy advocates have been) if he objects to the right wing dictatorship.
  • The Crypt: Steve King warns of 'totalitarian dicatorship' - Politico.com 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.politico.com [Source type: General]

^ To be sure, there are some pretty illiberal democracies in the world, with serious problems of human rights and the rule of law, but the only countries that give their citizens extensive civic freedom and a thorough rule of law are democracies.
  • Hoover Institution - Policy Review - Universal Democracy? 25 September 2009 1:16 UTC www.hoover.org [Source type: Original source]

.In essence, he argues that this is what every democracy should make its aim.^ While our aims change with situations, all educators, it can be argued, share a larger purpose - to foster democracy.
  • education for democracy @ the encyclopedia of informal education 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.infed.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Instrumentalists argue that these instrumental arguments for and against the democratic process are the only bases on which to evaluate democracy or compare it with other forms of political decision making.
  • Democracy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ Every local authority should have a "democracy hub".

.There are two main aspects of freedom: being ruled and ruling in turn, since everyone is equal according to number, not merit, and to be able to live as one pleases.^ There isnt one rule for you and one rule for everyone else.
  • Communist Party Backs Obama 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Federal “healthcare” must inevitably turn into “Death Care,” because the bureaucracy will have the sole power to determine the rules under which you and I will live and die.
  • Totalitarian Democrats | OrthodoxNet.com Blog 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.orthodoxytoday.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The rise of anarchism as a philosophical movement occurred in the mid 19th century, with its idea of freedom as being based upon political and economic self-rule.
  • ROCKWORLDEAST - Anarchy, Ashtray, Anarchy Logo 10 February 2010 11:17 UTC rockworldeast.com [Source type: General]

.
Now a fundamental principle of the democratic form of constitution is liberty—that is what is usually asserted, implying that only under this constitution do men participate in liberty, for they assert this as the aim of every democracy.^ So, unless each and every RINO votes for the treaties, along with every Democrat, they're still dead meat.
  • Zombietime: Obama "science czar" is a totalitarian crank 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC minx.cc [Source type: General]

^ Obviously, under such malignant influence, William Kristol must now be only pretending to be a neocon.
  • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Though under the leadership of Sulla and Pompeius Strabo the rebels were reduced on battlefield until they held out only in a few Samnite and Lucanian strongholds.

.But one factor of liberty is to govern and be governed in turn; for the popular principle of justice is to have equality according to number, not worth, and if this is the principle of justice prevailing, the multitude must of necessity be sovereign and the decision of the majority must be final and must constitute justice, for they say that each of the citizens ought to have an equal share; so that it results that in democracies the poor are more powerful than the rich, because there are more of them and whatever is decided by the majority is sovereign.^ Give the government more power and it will abuse it.
  • Star Wars vs Star Trek Essays: The Economics of Star Trek 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.stardestroyer.net [Source type: Original source]

^ What does it take to share power in a democracy?
  • The Model>Tenets of Democracy: Summary 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.intime.uni.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ So, it is the country's constitution from which the government takes its power.
  • Theory of Government. 17 January 2010 18:19 UTC www.blupete.com [Source type: Original source]

.This then is one mark of liberty which all democrats set down as a principle of the constitution.^ They are the ones who have taken up the cause of society, and who are prepared to pay the cost of upholding the principles on which we all -- liberals included -- depend.
  • The American Spectator : Totalitarian Sentimentality 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC spectator.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ No, I said; not if we were right in the principle which was acknowledged by all of us when we were framing the State: the principle, as you will remember, was that one man cannot practise many arts with success.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ "I don't want to simply switch to the Tories or Liberal Democrats, I want a new contract with my state as a citizen, one that respects my civil liberties" .
  • Phil Hall: Could Britain become a dictatorship? | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

.And one is for a man to live as he likes; for they say that this is the function of liberty, inasmuch as to live not as one likes is the life of a man that is a slave.^ Which one would they like to live in?
  • Moonbattery: Green Jobs Czar Van Jones Is a Communist and Black Nationalist 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.moonbattery.com [Source type: General]

^ And inasmuch as they are two, each of them is one?
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Plato: Republic: Book V 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC www.constitution.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The proper function of man is to live, but not to exist.
  • John Edwards: Totalitarian Nanny Stater [Kensington] 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC minx.cc [Source type: General]
  • Zombietime: Obama "science czar" is a totalitarian crank 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC minx.cc [Source type: General]

.This is the second principle of democracy, and from it has come the claim not to be governed, preferably not by anybody, or failing that, to govern and be governed in turns; and this is the way in which the second principle contributes to equalitarian liberty.^ Democracy is preferable to any other kind of government .
  • How People View Democracy: 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.stanford.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Even the symbolism of such a form of government is inappropriate for a nation that attaches high value to democracy, social equality, and individual liberty.
  • The Monarchy in Canada | Mapleleafweb.com 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.mapleleafweb.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Liberty , or freedom, is a topic which arises in any discussion concerning government; and it arises, not because government can contribute to freedom, in any way, but rather because government invariably, due to its very nature, encroaches on freedom.
  • Theory of Government. 17 January 2010 18:19 UTC www.blupete.com [Source type: Original source]

[4]

Conceptions

.Among political theorists, there are many contending conceptions of democracy.^ We must not leap to the conclusion that there is a “true democracy” which is a natural amalgam of good government as representative government, political justice, equality, liberty, and human rights.
  • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

^ There are many ways that democracy destroys civilization; the most significant being taxation, war, legislation, and redistribution.
  • Monarchy vs. Democracy and The Decline of Civilization | Libertarian Anarchy 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC libertariananarchy.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Both countries were steeped in a Latin, Catholic culture that was dismissed by many political scientists and commentators as being unsuited to democracy.
  • Hoover Institution - Policy Review - Universal Democracy? 25 September 2009 1:16 UTC www.hoover.org [Source type: Original source]

.
  • Aggregative democracy uses democratic processes to solicit citizens’ preferences and then aggregate them together to determine what social policies society should adopt.^ You are confusing limited and restricted uses of democratic processes with Democracies.
    • Pajamas Media » America: A Republic, Not a Democracy 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC pajamasmedia.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The typical citizen of a liberal democratic society does not have much to say about democracy except when confronted by "man on the street" interviews or whenever your particular national holiday rolls around.
    • Democracy@Everything2.com 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.everything2.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ DRL uses resources from the HRDF, as well as those allocated to Regional Democracy Funds, to support democratization programs such as election monitoring and parliamentary development.
    • Democracy 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Therefore, proponents of this view hold that democratic participation should primarily focus on voting, where the policy with the most votes gets implemented.^ You won’t be getting the KKK vote or the Nazi vote with those policies, but that’s a good thing, IMO. .
    • Firedoglake » Late Nite FDL: Can We Call It a Dictatorship Yet? 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC firedoglake.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Strategies aimed at subverting the loyalty of the dictators' forces should therefore be given a high priority by democratic strategists.
    • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

    .There are different variants of this:
    • Under minimalism, democracy is a system of government in which citizens give teams of political leaders the right to rule in periodic elections.^ The King of Nepal said he was a proponent of multiparty democracy , then fired the government, sent troops to the house of the Prime Minister, and assumed direct ruling authority.
      • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ Huge movements of people and capital will put the international financial system under strain and may cause it to give way.

      ^ Such is the demand of “peace” from the government, while not explaining the inevitability of war under the current economic system.
      • Dictatorship : NOVAKEO.COM 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC novakeo.com [Source type: Original source]

      .According to this minimalist conception, citizens cannot and should not “rule” because, for example, on most issues, most of the time, they have no clear views or their views are not well-founded.^ No, because they want them – now.

      ^ No for the most part they have stood by.
      • The Dawning of Fascism In America 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.spiritone.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Sure, the "mainstream" white, predominantly male, middle-class will be more content with the status quo, no matter the era, because they're benefitting from it the most.

      .Joseph Schumpeter articulated this view most famously in his book Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy.^ Capitalism and social democracy / Adam Przeworski.

      ^ Theory of economic development; an inquiry into profits, capital, credit, interest, and the business cycle, by Joseph A. Schumpeter ; translated from the German by Redvers Opie.

      ^ Spiral of capitalism and socialism : toward global democracy / Terry Boswell, Christopher Chase-Dunn.

      [71] .Contemporary proponents of minimalism include William H. Riker, Adam Przeworski, Richard Posner.
    • Direct democracy, on the other hand, holds that citizens should participate directly, not through their representatives, in making laws and policies.^ Capitalism and social democracy / Adam Przeworski.

      ^ Liberty or policy making participation.
      • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ The King of Nepal said he was a proponent of multiparty democracy , then fired the government, sent troops to the house of the Prime Minister, and assumed direct ruling authority.
      • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      .Proponents of direct democracy offer varied reasons to support this view.^ The King of Nepal said he was a proponent of multiparty democracy , then fired the government, sent troops to the house of the Prime Minister, and assumed direct ruling authority.
      • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ Direct intervention would be a very bad idea, but the myth that any act of official support would harm the pro-democracy movement seem wrong.
      • Jay Reding.com — democracy 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC jayreding.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ For some reason you think objectivity supports your political views and subjectivity doesn’t (never argued), so your conclusions are all around fixing the argument to that.
      • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

      .Political activity can be valuable in itself, it socializes and educates citizens, and popular participation can check powerful elites.^ If there was hope for a more flexible "new Communist" political environment, it was smashed during the 1991 meeting of the Popular Power Assembly session to reform the Constitution.
      • The Cuban Communist Party's Anti-Castro Activities 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC campello.tripod.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ This paper discusses the origins of these activities, as well as their consequences upon the body social, and the motivation of those participating in them.
      • MEDICAL SCIENCE UNDER DICTATORSHIP 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ The power elite are hurt far less than the rest of us by massive depreciation of the value of the dollar.
      • Dissident Voice : Why is Capitalism Failing Us? 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC dissidentvoice.org [Source type: Original source]

      .Most importantly, citizens do not really rule themselves unless they directly decide laws and policies.
    • Governments will tend to produce laws and policies that are close to the views of the median voter – with half to his left and the other half to his right.^ They just switched from the rule of law to the rule by law : .
      • What does 'totalitarian' actually mean? | Samizdata.net 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.samizdata.net [Source type: Original source]

      ^ They cannot do that, however, unless they get governments to do it for them.
      • Ayn Rand, Anti-Communism, & the Left 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.friesian.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ This right is in addition to any other rights the Government may have under the contract or at law.
      • Federal Government Contract Overview 11 September 2009 5:05 UTC library.findlaw.com [Source type: Original source]

      .This is not actually a desirable outcome as it represents the action of self-interested and somewhat unaccountable political elites competing for votes.^ Self-flattery as political vote-buying.
      • Growthology: Capitalism 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.growthology.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ Having cast our ballots in the sanctity of the voting booth with its assurance of political equality, we go about our daily lives expecting the people we put in office to weigh the competing interests and decide to the best of their ability what is right.

      ^ The problem is that corporations purchase votes with massive amounts of campaign contributions, resulting in our politics being dominated by corporate interests.
      • No, Wait: Obama is a Communist! : Dispatches from the Culture Wars 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC scienceblogs.com [Source type: General]

      .Downs suggests that ideological political parties are necessary to act as a mediating broker between individual and governments.^ The MDP will now endeavour to work with all parties, governments, non-governmental organisations and individuals to pressure the government of Maldives to allow political pluralism and respect human rights in the country.
      • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Proportional Representation If each election for each legislator is viewed by itself and by individual candidates and if there were no political parties, then the instant runoff vote would make for fair elections.
      • http://www.saers.com/~craig/FundamentalDemocracy.html 25 September 2009 1:16 UTC www.saers.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Individuals are embedded in a repressive psycho-political system, unable to act independently or resist the forces that are propelling the motion of society in the direction of Nazi domination.
      • Dreaming in a Totalitarian Society 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.cassiopaea.org [Source type: Original source]

      Anthony Downs laid out this view in his 1957 book An Economic Theory of Democracy.[72]
    • .
    • Robert A. Dahl argues that the fundamental democratic principle is that, when it comes to binding collective decisions, each person in a political community is entitled to have his/her interests be given equal consideration (not necessarily that all people are equally satisfied by the collective decision).^ This is a very good video from a collection that this person is doing along the same lines, you may get a really good understanding of what this is all about from this video.
      • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ You expect all people to disavow the use of violence when it is often in their very interests to do so.

      ^ Even if they were "politically allowed to do so," how could people who have to spend their lives working in this way be able to make informed decisions about all this?
      • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

      .He uses the term polyarchy to refer to societies in which there exists a certain set of institutions and procedures which are perceived as leading to such democracy.^ If there is no such thing as an emerging New World Order, what was G.W. Bush talking about when he referred to “a hemispheric family” and an “international order”?

      ^ And still there remains an exception to the rule in the use of the term ‘good,’ which is always implied in the object of desire.
      • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Still today, the phrase "Achilles' heel" refers to the vulnerable part of a person, a plan, or an institution at which if attacked there is no protection.
      • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

      .First and foremost among these institutions is the regular occurrence of free and open elections which are used to select representatives who then manage all or most of the public policy of the society.^ Well, first of all, who controls the public funds?
      • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ In seemingly democratic states, this happens even if that person was selected in his or her position following free elections.

      ^ Most of these books on the new physics that I have read manage to fit something in.
      • Creators of the atomic bomb: debasing nuclear power into a totalitarian order in the new world 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.heaven-words.com [Source type: Original source]

      .However, these polyarchic procedures may not create a full democracy if, for example, poverty prevents political participation.^ Democracy” may refer to any of these political arrangements.
      • Democracy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

      ^ As a recent example, as South Africa came out of apartheid, it was praised for its move to democracy, its truth and reconciliation approach and other political moves.
      • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ However, we may not eliminate these truths when we speak of the love of God.
      • L. Gassmann Europe - a dictatorship 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.l-gassmann.de [Source type: Original source]

      [73] .Some see a problem with the wealthy having more influence and therefore argue for reforms like campaign finance reform.^ Number of the Senate's report on the financing of the 1996 Democratic campaigns 33 chapters that are devoted to the issue of campaign -finance reform: 1 .
      • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ And therefore we are not surprised to find that the idea of progress is of modern rather than of ancient date; and, like the idea of a philosophy of history, is not more than a century or two old.
      • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ More on the differences between Comrade Togliatti and us; some important problems of Leninism in the contemporary world, by the Editorial Dept.

      .Some may see it as a problem that the majority of the voters decide policy, as opposed to majority rule of the entire population.^ The winner is therefore approved of -- at least to some extent -- by a significant majority of voters.

      ^ Even if this comparison is overdrawn, debates on politics or 'policy' (as opposed to administration and administrative policy) in the Privy Council were the exception rather than the rule before the special circumstances of the 1560s.
      • The Tudors - Tudor Monarchy As Renaissance Monarchy 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.tudors.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ So in a particular case, an individual may see that there are reasons to obey the assembly and some reasons against obeying the assembly and in the case at hand the reasons against obedience outweigh the reasons in favor of obedience.
      • Democracy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

      .This can be used as an argument for making political participation mandatory, like compulsory voting or for making it more patient (non-compulsory) by simply refusing power to the government until the full majority feels inclined to speak their minds.
  • Deliberative democracy is based on the notion that democracy is government by discussion.^ And the maker of either of them makes a bed or he makes a table for our use, in accordance with the idea—that is our way of speaking in this and similar instances—but no artificer makes the ideas themselves: how could he?
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Clearly, all political changes originate in divisions of the actual governing power; a government which is united, however small, cannot be moved.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ These symptoms having been palliated, the patient's own regenerative powers - the 'vis medicatrix naturæ' - can more easily bring about his healing.

    .Deliberative democrats contend that laws and policies should be based upon reasons that all citizens can accept.^ All U.S. citizens are equal under the law.
    • Was the 1893 overthrow of the monarchy illegal? Was it a theft of a nation owned by kanaka maoli and stolen by non-kanaka maoli? 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.angelfire.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Will they not think this a hardship?’ You should remember that our purpose in framing the State was not that our citizens should do what they like, but that they should serve 520 the State for the common good of all.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Her solution is common-sense, strict justice all round, and Christian charity based upon faith.
    • Keyword: communist 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .The political arena should be one in which leaders and citizens make arguments, listen, and change their minds.
  • Radical democracy is based on the idea that there are hierarchical and oppressive power relations that exist in society.^ There is always somebody who wants to make one more argument for an idea .
    • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Government of The People, by The People, and for The People, can only exist where there is one vote for one Citizen.
    • Dissident Voice : Why is Capitalism Failing Us? 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC dissidentvoice.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Buffet is not making any call for radical change.

    Democracy's role is to make visible and challenge those relations by allowing for difference, dissent and antagonisms in decision making processes.

Republic

.In contemporary usage, the term democracy refers to a government chosen by the people, whether it is direct or representative.^ Government Type: Representative democracy.
  • Dominican Republic (06/09) 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Cults, however, do not represent a democracy by and for the people.
  • Totalitarian Sects and the Democratic State 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.lermanet.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Democracy, that is, government of the people by the people, will be a reality.
  • Libertarian Communism, by Isaac Puente 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC flag.blackened.net [Source type: Original source]

[74] .The term republic has many different meanings, but today often refers to a representative democracy with an elected head of state, such as a president, serving for a limited term, in contrast to states with a hereditary monarch as a head of state, even if these states also are representative democracies with an elected or appointed head of government such as a prime minister.^ Now, in such a State, can liberty have any limit?
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Monarchy usually seems to mean a hereditary head of state, not an absolute head of state.

^ Even for the losers, the president fully represents them.
  • Communist Party Backs Obama 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

[75]
The Founding Fathers of the United States rarely praised and often criticized democracy, which in their time tended to specifically mean direct democracy; James Madison argued, especially in The Federalist No. .10, that what distinguished a democracy from a republic was that the former became weaker as it got larger and suffered more violently from the effects of faction, whereas a republic could get stronger as it got larger and combats faction by its very structure.^ This facility will be a heavily subsidized pilot project that could pave the way for larger and more numerous coal-to-oil plants throughout the US .

^ Guess while all the rest are saying, “and to the Republic for which it stands” you say “and to the Democracy for which it became”.
  • Communist Party Backs Obama 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Otherwise the violence could have a disastrous effect on the potentially much more powerful and successful use of political defiance.
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

What was critical to American values, John Adams insisted,[76] was that the government be "bound by fixed laws, which the people have a voice in making, and a right to defend." As Benjamin Franklin was exiting after writing the U.S. constitution, a woman asked him "Well, Doctor, what have we got--a republic or a monarchy?". He replied "A republic--if you can keep it."[77]

Constitutional monarchs and upper chambers

.Initially after the American and French revolutions the question was open whether a democracy, in order to restrain unchecked majority rule, should have an elitist upper chamber, the members perhaps appointed meritorious experts or having lifetime tenures, or should have a constitutional monarch with limited but real powers.^ He should know the limits of his own powers.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The question whether the ruler or statesman should be a philosopher is one that has not lost interest in modern times.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ When the Communists realized that these groups had changed the power realities, Solidarity was again banned and the Communists resorted to military rule.
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

.Some countries (as Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Scandinavian countries, Thailand, Japan and Bhutan) turned powerful monarchs into constitutional monarchs with limited or, often gradually, merely symbolic roles.^ Britain being turned into an Orwellian police state….who benefits from this?

^ However, the opposition movement often mobilizes against his wishes, indicating that his leadership role can be very limited.
  • Dictatorship : NOVAKEO.COM 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC novakeo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ And democracy comes into power when the poor are the victors, killing some and exiling some, and giving equal shares in the government to all the rest.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

.Often the monarchy was abolished along with the aristocratic system (as in France, China, Russia, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Greece and Egypt).^ The Jacquerie in France, the Ciompi in Italy, the Flemish uprisings of 1323, the Great Rising of 1381 in England, the Peasant’s War in Germany – all undertaken by premodern states.
  • The Totalitarian Temptation and all that — Crooked Timber 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The protesters staged their demonstration to coincide with the G8 summit at Strelna where the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union wound up their three day meeting today.

.Many nations had elite upper houses of legislatures which often had lifetime tenure, but eventually these lost power (as in Britain) or else became elective and remained powerful (as in the United States).^ STALIN IS BETRAYED BY HITLER Stalin betrayed the United States and Great Britain when he entered into his alliance with Nazi Germany on August 23, 1939.
  • The Communist-Capitalist Alliance 15 September 2009 6:17 UTC autarchic.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The history of the present King of Great Britain America is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.
  • Firedoglake » Late Nite FDL: Can We Call It a Dictatorship Yet? 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC firedoglake.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It is difficult for me to imagine a violent F-share recipient revolt, even though from the second perspective the state would primarily be interested in stripping power from these individuals.

Development of democracy

Several philosophers and researchers outlined historical and social factors supporting the evolution of democracy. .Cultural factors like Protestantism influenced the development of democracy, rule of law, human rights and political liberty (the faithful elected priests, religious freedom and tolerance has been practiced).^ When the issues at stake are fundamental, affecting religious principles, issues of human freedom, or the whole future development of the society, negotiations do not provide a way of reaching a mutually satisfactory solution.
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Thru the use of victimization and grievance politics we’re seeing the Balkanization of a once great democratic Republic once under the rule of Constitutional Law.
  • Communist Party Backs Obama 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Thus, liberals are naturally going to be tempted to sacrifice classical liberal values of liberty – freedom from coercion – for a ‘politically correct’ imposition of this or that alleged value.
  • The Totalitarian Temptation and all that — Crooked Timber 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

Others mentioned the influence of wealth (e.g. S. M. Lipset, 1959). .In a related theory, Ronald Inglehart suggests that the increase in living standards has convinced people that they can take their basic survival for granted, and led to increased emphasis on self-expression values, which is highly correlated to democracy.^ That is why the older people are wiser about history….they LIVED THROUGH IT and pass the truth on to their children, and don’t rely on revisions in schoolbooks that distort the truth.
  • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Still, Plato's full psychological theory is much more complicated than the basic division of persons would suggest.
  • Plato's Ethics and Politics in The Republic (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ They offer a product that is of the utmost value and people are voluntarily willing to pay the price.

[78]
.Recently established theories stress the relevance of education and human capital and within them of cognitive ability.^ Recent Marxian theory : class formation and social conflict in contemporary capitalism / by John F. Sitton.

They increase tolerance, rationality, political literacy and participation. .Two effects of education and cognitive ability are distinguished: a cognitive effect (competence to make rational choices, better information processing) and an ethical effect (support of democratic values, freedom, human rights etc.^ It may be admitted further that right and utility are co-extensive, and that he who makes the happiness of mankind his object has one of the highest and noblest motives of human action.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Lesson of this century : with two talks on freedom and the democratic state / Karl Popper interviewed by Giancarlo Bosetti ; translated by Patrick Camiller.

^ In making this choice the strategists will need to consider such questions as the following: Is the chosen type of struggle within the capacities of the democrats?
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

), which itself depends on intelligence .(cognitive development being a prerequisite for moral development; Glaeser et al., 2007; Deary et al., 2008; Rindermann, 2008).^ Horace Says: May 24th, 2007 at 1:41 pm “Horace et al.
  • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

^ Greg Bourke Says: May 24th, 2007 at 12:00 pm Horace et al.
  • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

[79]

Facts

.In practice it may not pay the incumbents to conduct fair elections in countries that have no history of democracy.^ Reply siun May 10th, 2006 at 9:42 pm 42 wesgpc – no fair bringing up tastycakes … damn!
  • Firedoglake » Late Nite FDL: Can We Call It a Dictatorship Yet? 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC firedoglake.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ After January 20th, it may no longer be a country worth spilling heartland American’s blood over.
  • Communist Party Backs Obama 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

^ For there is no trace in Greek history of a polity like the Spartan or Cretan passing into an oligarchy of wealth, or of the oligarchy of wealth passing into a democracy.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

.A study showed that incumbents who rig elections stay in office 2.5 times as long as those who permit fair elections.^ People who have suffered for so long and struggled at great price merit a time of joy, relaxation, and recognition.
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Number of times that U.S. president Zachary Taylor had ever voted in a presidential election before taking office in 1849: 0 .
  • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ You might spend a long time really coming to grips with those things and understanding them.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

[80] .Above $2,700 per capita, democracies have been found to be less prone to violence, but below that threshold, more violence.^ As it happens, this country was founded on ‘liberalism,’ though over the last 50 or so years, the right has succeeded in connotatively ‘loading’ the term, using it more or less pejoratively.
  • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

[80] .The same study shows that election misconduct tends to fall in countries with low per capita incomes, small populations, rich in natural resources, and a lack of institutional checks and balances.^ A country's finances, natural resources, and production capacities are often arbitrarily plundered by dictators and used to support the dictators' will.
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The new doomsayers all point to the same collection of threats --- climate change, resource depletion and population imbalances being the most important.

^ Because in this world are not difficult to understand that the rich are much less than people with low income, you agree with me?
  • Zombietime: Obama "science czar" is a totalitarian crank 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC minx.cc [Source type: General]

.Sub-Saharan countries, as well as Afghanistan, all tend to fall into that category.^ Great in all ages and countries, in religion as well as in law and literature, has been the art of interpretation.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ In the end, all this bred a unified country where there used to be independent sub-regions artificially joined.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Noncooperation is divided into three sub-categories: (a) social noncooperation (16 methods), (b) economic noncooperation, including boycotts (26 methods) and strikes (23 methods), and political noncooperation (38 methods).
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

[80]
.Governments that have frequent elections averaged over the political cycle have significantly better economic policies than those who don't.^ FIFTH: promising freebies and handouts to those who want the government to take care of them rather than work for what they need.
  • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

^ THE WORLD IS NOT OVERPOPULATED. It is simply over corrupted and it’s those who are corrupt who want the reductions, not to the betterment of mankind but to further consolodate power through a technocratic system of control.
  • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

^ People were easily seduced by their egalitarian propaganda, especially those who were consistently getting the short end of the stick though institutionalized Jim Crow policies.
  • Communist Party Backs Obama 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

This does not apply to governments with fraudulent elections, however.[80]

Opposition to democracy

This is one attempted measurement of democracy called the Polity IV data series. This map shows the data presented in the polity IV data series report as of 2003. The lightest countries get a perfect score of 10, while the darkest countries (Saudi Arabia and Qatar), considered the least democratic, score -10.
.Democracy in modern times has almost always faced opposition from the existing government.^ Debt and land were the two great difficulties of the ancient lawgiver: in modern times we may be said to have almost, if not quite, solved the first of these difficulties, but hardly the second.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The most certain and necessary truth was to Plato the universal; and to this he was always seeking to refer all knowledge or opinion, just as in modern times we seek to rest them on the opposite pole of induction and experience.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I like the way you almost pretended the Palestinians don’t exist there though, not the first time that’s been done eh?
  • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

.The implementation of a democratic government within a non-democratic state is typically brought about by democratic revolution.^ The ELC also has about 40 tables so people are free to exhibit on these tables with their non-corporate, non-government (and definitely non-politician) activist group material from 1pm-3pm.
  • A World Beyond Capitalism, The Conference, The Community, The Love - Join Us! 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC 00no-capitalism.livejournal.com [Source type: General]

^ You can guess, though, that he wouldn’t be persuaded and kept repeating the government’s non-sense about “agitators who are supported by foreign governments”.
  • Dictatorship : NOVAKEO.COM 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC novakeo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The United States had brought down the democratically elected government of Guatemala in 1954 and it is estimated that over 200,000 people had been victims of successive military dictatorships.
  • Dictatorship : NOVAKEO.COM 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC novakeo.com [Source type: Original source]

.Monarchy had traditionally been opposed to democracy, and to this day remains opposed to its abolition, although often political compromise has been reached in the form of shared government.^ If we wanted to be provocative and develop a provocative slogan with all the intoxication and infatuation with democracy in the world these days, we could say: "democracy -- it's just a form of dictatorship."
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Well, he said, have you never heard that forms of government differ; there are tyrannies, and there are democracies, and there are aristocracies?
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ And democracy comes into power when the poor are the victors, killing some and exiling some, and giving equal shares in the government to all the rest.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

.Currently, opposition to democracy exists most notably in communist states, absolute monarchies, and Islamic governments, which appear to have various reasons for opposing the implementation of democracy or democratic reforms.^ Although the opposition has stated a good example of human development in Cuba currently, it doesn’t prove that life in Fidel’s time is better than Batista’s time.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ However, the opposition team defined dictatorship in a extremely narrow and nonconstructive way, as we stated in our response to their first argument, stating that "A Dictatorship is a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ And the creation of health is the institution of a natural order and government of one by another in the parts of the body; and the creation of disease is the production of a state of things at variance with this natural order?
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

Criticism of democracy

Economists since Milton Friedman have strongly criticized the efficiency of democracy. They base this on their premise of the irrational voter. .Their argument is that voters are highly uninformed about many political issues, especially relating to economics, and have a strong bias about the few issues on which they are fairly knowledgeable.^ Perhaps he’d say that they didn’t like the economic conditions in November, but they didn’t thereby intend to abandon their views about America?
  • The Totalitarian Temptation and all that — Crooked Timber 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

^ About 50 of the law school's 60 professors issued a statement Thursday saying they disagree with Graglia's views, university officials said.
  • A World Beyond Capitalism, The Conference, The Community, The Love - Join Us! 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC 00no-capitalism.livejournal.com [Source type: General]

^ Another related issue that seems to encourage a pronatalist attitude in many people is the question of the differential reproduction of social or ethnic groups.
  • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

Mob rule

Plato's The Republic presents a critical view of democracy through the narration of Socrates: "Democracy, which is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequaled alike."[81] In his work, Plato lists 5 forms of government from best to worst. .Assuming that the Republic was intended to be a serious critique of the political thought in Athens, Plato argues that only Kallipolis, an aristocracy lead by the unwilling philosopher-kings (the wisest men) is a just form of government.^ Consul Opimius argued that this death was the first sign of a serious threat to the senate and the republic.

^ In what may be called the epilogue of the discussion with Thrasymachus, Plato argues that evil is not a principle of strength, but of discord and dissolution, just touching the question which has been often treated in modern times by theologians and philosophers, of the negative nature of evil (cp.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Greece, where the government has committed to drastic cuts in public expenditure, has suffered a series of riots over the past year which are thought to have been fuelled by economic pressures.

Moral decay

.Traditional Asian cultures, in particular that of Confucian and Islamic thought, believe that democracy results in the people's distrust and disrespect of governments or religious sanctity.^ Apparently, people are fed up with religious government.
  • Dictatorship : NOVAKEO.COM 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC novakeo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Do you believe that, in America or in any other nation, that there has ever existed, government of the People, by the People, and for the People.
  • Dissident Voice : Why is Capitalism Failing Us? 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC dissidentvoice.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I'm highly sympathetic to MM's anti-democracy standpoint, but not to his believe in the good governance of a joint-stock corporation.

.The distrust and disrespect pervades to all parts of society whenever and wherever there is seniority and juniority, for example between a parent and a child, a teacher and a student.^ We have cut the links between child and parent, and between man and man, and between man and woman .

^ But so long as there is democracy among one part of society, that will inevitably be part of a dictatorship exercised by that part of society, even if "that part of society" represents and increasingly draws in the great majority of people.
  • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The law, I said, which is the sequel of this and of all that has preceded, is to the following effect,—‘that the wives of our guardians are to be common, and their children are to be common, and no parent is to know his own child, nor any child his parent.’ .
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

Political instability

.More recently, democracy is criticised for not offering enough political stability.^ However, it led to more stability and democracy.
  • 08.01.07: Dictatorship and Transition in the Southern Cone 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.cis.yale.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ More recently, the structural adjustment programmes of the 1980s continue to affect the economic stability of SADC countries....
  • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Only then, when the momentum is strong enough for change, after the people has witnessed the flaw of dictatorship that it's people will revert to a more sustainable mechanism; Democracy.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

.As governments are frequently elected on and off there tends to be frequent changes in the policies of democratic countries both domestically and internationally.^ Both Spain and Portugal were politically inconsequent, in the grip of the sterile policy of “rotavism,” the alternation in office of Left and Right governments.
  • The Church and Totalitarian Democracy (1952) 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC woodstock.georgetown.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ We are then dumbstruck, when the proposition redrew the categories of the world’s previous and current form of government and created a category of a Democratic yet Dictatorship country.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Thinking of mass democracy as government controlled by its employees helps explain the difficulty of changing government policy.
  • Quotes - Democracy.Ru 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.ru [Source type: Original source]

.Even if a political party maintains power, vociferous, headline grabbing protests and harsh criticism from the mass media are often enough to force sudden, unexpected political change.^ Force is not enough for tyrants to maintain their power.
  • ANARCHY.NET - Intelligent Anarchism for a Post-Globalist Future 10 February 2010 11:17 UTC www.anarchy.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Videla then suspended Congress and vested legislative powers in a nine-man military commission, halted the functioning of the courts, political parties, and labor unions, imposed tight censorship on the mass-media, and filled all important posts with military personnel.
  • Argentina military junta members top officers and ministers 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.yendor.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Clearly, all political changes originate in divisions of the actual governing power; a government which is united, however small, cannot be moved.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

.Frequent policy changes with regard to business and immigration are likely to deter investment and so hinder economic growth.^ Unseemingly, recent empirical evaluations of determinants of economic growth have shown that even minor changes in economic policy towards favorable private sector conditions have significant contributions to economic growth.
  • What is the Future of State Capitalism? — HBS Working Knowledge 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC hbswk.hbs.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ Dictatorships have flexibility in economic policy that breeds growth .
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ One of the key markers of entrepreneurial economies and 'growth' in a society is its economic mobility, defined as the existence of large changes in the make-up of its socio-economic strata.
  • Capitalism - Anarchopedia 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC eng.anarchopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.For this reason, many people have put forward the idea that democracy is undesirable for a developing country in which economic growth and the reduction of poverty are top priority.^ Dictatorship outperforms democracy in growth and economic development .
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The economic development of the last twenty years hasn't been spread evenly across the country but concentrated in a fairly narrow band.
  • Post-Communist China - Winds of Change.NET 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.windsofchange.net [Source type: General]

^ The opposition put forward the case of South Korea that shows how once established and recognized the social order and a level of economic development a smooth transition can metamorphose into democracy continuing a sustainable growth.
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[82]

Short-termism

Democracy is also criticised for frequent elections due to the instability of coalition governments. .Coalitions are frequently formed after the elections in many countries (for example India) and the basis of alliance is predominantly to enable a viable majority, not an ideological concurrence.^ After the 1936 Spanish elections, the Republican coalition, was formed out of more than ten parties including anarchists, socialists, and social democrats.
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^ It is unsound to cite the cost of election in the United States (being a first world country) to be the premise for the reasoning to opt Dictatorship as a more cheap and viable form of government for developing country.
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^ Barring major super duper life extension breakthroughs, many countries will have less people in 2050.
  • Zombietime: Obama "science czar" is a totalitarian crank 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC minx.cc [Source type: General]

.This opportunist alliance not only has the handicap of having to cater to too many ideologically opposing factions, but it is usually short lived since any perceived or actual imbalance in the treatment of coalition partners, or changes to leadership in the coalition partners themselves, can very easily result in the coalition partner withdrawing its support from the government.^ Dictatorships can easily calibrate institutional and legal framework of a country, since they don't need a political coalition for passing nor for repealing acts.
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^ The atom bomb was actually very short lived; it was merely the beginning of our nightmare.
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^ (It strikes me now that Murray may be in a sense echoing Lasch’s Revolt of the Elites, but that seems very odd, since I usually think of Murray as a libertarian.
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Slow governmental response

.Democratic institutions work on consensus to decide an issue, which usually takes longer than a unilateral decision.^ FIFTH: promising freebies and handouts to those who want the government to take care of them rather than work for what they need.
  • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

^ From that point on, we will extract fewer and fewer amounts of fossil fuels until it takes more energy to extract the fossil fuels than they provide, or we decide that we will no longer extract them.

^ Negotiations are especially likely to become an issue among democrats where the dictators have clear military superiority and the destruction and casualties among one's own people are no longer bearable.
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Vote Buying

.This is a simple form of appealing to the short term interests of the voters.^ The short term capitalistic best interests of the small ruling elite determine the ideas and ideology of the elite.
  • Dissident Voice : Why is Capitalism Failing Us? 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC dissidentvoice.org [Source type: Original source]

This tactic has been known to be heavily used in north and north-east region of Thailand.[citation needed]
.Another form is commonly called Pork barrel where local areas or political sectors are given special benefits but whose costs are spread among all taxpayers.^ All forms of struggle have complications and costs.
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

^ It appears a peculiar characteristic of Roman politics to seek to win the fight at all costs, yet to concede the point after victory has been achieved.

^ All of whom will call one another citizens?
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Volatility/unsustainability

.The new establishment of democratic institutions in countries where the associated practices have as yet been uncommon or deemed culturally unacceptable, can result in institutions, that are not sustainable in the long term.^ Yet it was the established practice.

^ We are then dumbstruck, when the proposition redrew the categories of the world’s previous and current form of government and created a category of a Democratic yet Dictatorship country.
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^ As activists, our survivor mission is nothing less than the establishment of a new human culture based on harmony with the rest of nature.

.One circumstance supporting this outcome may be when it is part of the common perception among the populace that the institutions were established as a direct result of foreign pressure.^ Dictatorships have the flexibility to establish the proper incentives to attract Foreign Direct Investment (which is directly attached to Economic Growth, and by consequence, to Development) [1] Dictatorships can define and establish a pro-investment legal and institutional framework (e.g.
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^ "Direct democracy," California style, allows highly organized, well-funded, pressure groups to present issues in simplistic, one-sided ways.

All political parties in Canada are now cautious about criticising of the high level of immigration, because, as noted by the Globe and Mail, "in the early 1990s, the old Reform Party was branded 'racist' for suggesting that immigration levels be lowered from 250,000 to 150,000."[83]

Popular rule as a facade

.The 20th Century Italian thinkers Pareto and Mosca (independently) argued that democracy was illusory, and served only to mask the reality of elite rule.^ And nor is he the only illiberal, anti-democratic, un-American thinker of the 19th century.

^ But, in essence, the democracy that has been applied -- the right to rule the society, and the right to really be involved in determining the direction of society -- belongs essentially to the ranks of the ruling class and those who serve it.
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^ In reality, the 20th century is an especially bad century to draw examples from.

.Indeed, they argued that elite oligarchy is the unbendable law of human nature, due largely to the apathy and division of the masses (as opposed to the drive, initiative and unity of the elites), and that democratic institutions would do no more than shift the exercise of power from oppression to manipulation[84].^ An F-share is not a human right - after the initial distribution, no more are created.

^ No more than this?
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ More than enough, I would have thought.
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.Even though India is a democracy, the social stratification inherent in the Hindu religion persists to this day.^ The Saddam Hussein genocide trial resumed, even though Hussein was sentenced to death two days before the U.S. election .
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^ Murray constructs an argument that even a successful, efficient social democracy is a dreadful failure: it’s not the argument that you can’t do it or even that you can’t do it well, it’s that doing it efficiently and well would crush initiative and enterprise.
  • The Totalitarian Temptation and all that — Crooked Timber 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

[85] .In a country that prides itself as being the world’s largest democracy, more than 200 million people from the Dalit communities suffer from caste discrimination.^ Knowledge of the terror of Communist rule in various countries has been learned more from books than personal contacts.
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^ It disclosed that considerably more was being spent for the 1972 fiscal tear than the $4.5 billion authorized by Congress.
  • The Communist-Capitalist Alliance 15 September 2009 6:17 UTC autarchic.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Paris Hilton is more harmed by being forced to have sex than Joe Bloggs is harmed by being forced not to have sex.
  • The Totalitarian Temptation and all that — Crooked Timber 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

[86]
In a liberal democracy such as Canada, the following paradox persists. .Even though the majority of respondents answer yes to the question: 'Are there too many immigrant arrivals each year?'^ The answer to that question is yes.
  • The Totalitarian Temptation and all that — Crooked Timber 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Did you ever work for the NSA or even with the NSA? (Yes, there is a hint there.
  • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Even though we’ve been married for a number of years, the fire stil burns.
  • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

immigrant numbers continue to rise until a critical set of economic costs appear.[87][88]

See also

"Model Government Charters: A City, County, Regional, State, and Federal Handbook," published by McFarland and Co., Inc., Jefferson, NC, USA; and London, UK, edited by Roger L. Kemp, Ph.D.

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Further reading

  • Appleby, Joyce. (1992). .Liberalism and Republicanism in the Historical Imagination. Harvard University Press.
  • Archibugi, Daniele, The Global Commonwealth of Citizens.^ Karl W. Deutsch, "Cracks in the Monolith," in Carl J. Friedrich, ed., Totalitarianism (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1954), pp.
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    .Toward Cosmopolitan Democracy
    , Princeton University Press ISBN 978-0691134901
  • Becker, Peter, Heideking, Juergen, & Henretta, James A. (2002).^ See Gene Sharp, Civilian-Based Defense: A Post-Military Weapons System (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1990).
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    .Republicanism and Liberalism in America and the German States, 1750-1850. Cambridge University Press.^ Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
    • Plato's Ethics and Politics in The Republic (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1960.
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    ^ Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
    • Plato's Ethics and Politics in The Republic (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ISBN 978-0521800662
  • Benhabib, Seyla. (1996). .Democracy and Difference: Contesting the Boundaries of the Political. Princeton University Press.^ See Gene Sharp, Civilian-Based Defense: A Post-Military Weapons System (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1990).
    • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

    ISBN 978-0691044781
  • Blattberg, Charles. (2000). .From Pluralist to Patriotic Politics: Putting Practice First, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0198296881.
  • Birch, Anthony H. (1993).^ Penrose, Roger, Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness 1994 Oxford University Press, Oxford, p.269 .
    • Creators of the atomic bomb: debasing nuclear power into a totalitarian order in the new world 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.heaven-words.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ (Anthony C. Sutton, Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development, 1930-1945, Hoover Institute Press, Stanford University, 1971, p.
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    ^ (Oxford University Press, 1892).
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    The Concepts and Theories of Modern Democracy. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415414630
  • Castiglione, Dario. (2005). "Republicanism and its Legacy." European Journal of Political Theory. pp 453–65.
  • Copp, David, Jean Hampton, & John E. Roemer. (1993). .The Idea of Democracy. Cambridge University Press.^ Karl W. Deutsch, "Cracks in the Monolith," in Carl J. Friedrich, ed., Totalitarianism (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1954), pp.
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    ISBN 978-0521432542
  • Caputo, Nicholas. (2005). America's Bible of Democracy: Returning to the Constitution. SterlingHouse Publisher, Inc. ISBN 978-1585010929
  • Dahl, Robert A. (1991). Democracy and its Critics. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0300049381
  • Dahl, Robert A. (2000). On Democracy. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0300084559
  • Dahl, Robert A. Ian Shapiro & Jose Antonio Cheibub. (2003). The Democracy Sourcebook. MIT Press. ISBN 978-0262541473
  • Dahl, Robert A. (1963). A Preface to Democratic Theory. .University of Chicago Press.^ Dahl, R., 1959, A Preface to Democratic Theory , Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
    • Democracy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.
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    ^ Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
    • JapanFocus 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC japanfocus.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ISBN 978-0226134260
  • Davenport, Christian. (2007). .State Repression and the Domestic Democratic Peace. Cambridge University Press.^ Karl W. Deutsch, "Cracks in the Monolith," in Carl J. Friedrich, ed., Totalitarianism (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1954), pp.
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    ^ Nonviolent struggle can be used to assert the practice of democratic freedoms, such as free speech, free press, independent organizations, and free assembly, in face of repressive controls.
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    ISBN 978-0521864909
  • Diamond, Larry & Marc Plattner. (1996). .The Global Resurgence of Democracy. Johns Hopkins University Press.^ How come you haven’t taken issue with the editor of the books, John Edgar Tidwell and the Publishers, University of Wisconsin Press and University Press of Mississippi.
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    ISBN 978-0801853043
  • Diamond, Larry & Richard Gunther. (2001). .Political Parties and Democracy. JHU Press.^ Of course, we are on equally safe ground in noting that both Hitler's party and Stalin's originated as political parties, and reading both genocidal maniacs as accidents of democracy.

    ISBN 978-0801868634
  • Diamond, Larry & Leonardo Morlino. (2005). Assessing the Quality of Democracy. JHU Press. ISBN 978-0801882876
  • Diamond, Larry, Marc F. Plattner & Philip J. Costopoulos. (2005). .World Religions and Democracy. JHU Press.^ December 1990 Readings/Article Propositions for a postcommunist world By Leon Wieseltier SEE ALSO: Democracy ; Europe, Eastern ; Nationalism ; Religion and politics PDF IMAGES .
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    ISBN 978-0801880803
  • Diamond, Larry, Marc F. Plattner & Daniel Brumberg. (2003). Islam and Democracy in the Middle East. JHU Press. ISBN 978-0801878473
  • Elster, Jon. (1998). Deliberative Democracy. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521596961
  • Fotopoulos, Takis. (2006). "Liberal and Socialist “Democracies” versus Inclusive Democracy", The International Journal Of Inclusive Democracy. 2(2)
  • Fotopoulos, Takis. (1992). ."Direct and Economic Democracy in Ancient Athens and its Significance Today", Democracy & Nature, 1(1)
  • Gabardi, Wayne.^ Starting from the very first Democracy known, Athens experiment on direct democracy was sustained on the work of thousands o f slaves, the athenians took as necessary dualities the free and the slave.
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    ^ But then we must remember that Plato is describing rather the contemporary governments of the Sicilian States, which alternated between democracy and tyranny, than the ancient history of Athens or Corinth.
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    (2001). Contemporary Models of Democracy. Polity.
  • Griswold, Daniel. (2007). Trade, Democracy and Peace: The Virtuous Cycle
  • Halperin, M. H., Siegle, J. T. & Weinstein, M. M. (2005). The Democracy Advantage: How Democracies Promote Prosperity and Peace. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415950527
  • Hansen, Mogens Herman. (1991). The Athenian Democracy in the Age of Demosthenes. Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 978-0631180173
  • Held, David. (2006). .Models of Democracy. Stanford University Press.^ (Anthony C. Sutton, Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development, 1930-1945, Hoover Institute Press, Stanford University, 1971, p.
    • The Communist-Capitalist Alliance 15 September 2009 6:17 UTC autarchic.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

    ISBN 978-0804754729
  • Inglehart, Ronald. (1997). Modernization and Postmodernization. .Cultural, Economic, and Political Change in 43 Societies. Princeton University Press.^ There is the question of are we really going to transform society so that in every respect, not only economically but socially, politically, ideologically and culturally, it really is superior to capitalist society.
    • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Survival of the adversary culture : social criticism and political escapism in American society / Paul Hollander ; with a foreword by Sidney Hook.

    ^ (Anthony C. Sutton, Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development, 1930-1945, Hoover Institute Press, Stanford University, 1971, p.
    • The Communist-Capitalist Alliance 15 September 2009 6:17 UTC autarchic.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

    ISBN 978-0691011806
  • Khan, L. Ali. (2003). A Theory of Universal Democracy: Beyond the End of History. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. ISBN 978-9041120038
  • Köchler, Hans. (1987). The Crisis of Representative Democracy. Peter Lang. ISBN 978-3820488432
  • Lijphart, Arend. (1999). .Patterns of Democracy: Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-Six Countries. Yale University Press.^ We are then dumbstruck, when the proposition redrew the categories of the world’s previous and current form of government and created a category of a Democratic yet Dictatorship country.
    • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ An election is a good indicator on how the government has performed and its future within the country.
    • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We want to emphasized that there is no question that there was never a country that achieve development due to dictatorship as a form of government.
    • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

    ISBN 978-0300078930
  • Lipset, Seymour Martin. (1959). ."Some Social Requisites of Democracy: Economic Development and Political Legitimacy."^ Communist answer to the world's needs; discussions in the economic, political and social philosophy; a sequel to Moscow dialogues.

    ^ Indeed, this would pose some very difficult political, legal, and social questions, to say nothing of the technical problems.
    • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Democracy, market economics, and development : an Asian perspective / Farrukh Iqbal and Jong-Il You, editors.

    .American Political Science Review, 53(1): 69-105.
  • Macpherson, C. B. (1977).^ A secure autocrat has an encompassing interest in his domain that leads him to provide a peaceful order and other public goods that incresase productivity [[Dictatorship, Democracy, and Development Mancur Olson The American Political Science Review, Vol.
    • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The Life and Times of Liberal Democracy. Oxford University Press.^ (Oxford University Press, 1892).
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ISBN 978-0192891068
  • Morgan, Edmund. (1989). Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America. Norton. ISBN 978-0393306231
  • Plattner, Marc F. & Aleksander Smolar. (2000). Globalization, Power, and Democracy. JHU Press. ISBN 978-0801865688
  • Plattner, Marc F. & João Carlos Espada. (2000). .The Democratic Invention. John Hopkins University Press.^ How come you haven’t taken issue with the editor of the books, John Edgar Tidwell and the Publishers, University of Wisconsin Press and University Press of Mississippi.
    • Communist Party Backs Obama 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ISBN 978-0801864193
  • Putnam, Robert. (2001). .Making Democracy Work. Princeton University Press.^ See Gene Sharp, Civilian-Based Defense: A Post-Military Weapons System (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1990).
    • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

    ISBN 978-5551091035
  • Raaflaub, Kurt A., Ober, Josiah & Wallace, Robert W. (2007). .Origins of democracy in ancient Greece. University of California Press.^ That was true in ancient Greece and Rome, for example, as I pointed out in the book Democracy: Can't We Do Better Than That?
    • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

    ISBN 978-0520245624
  • Riker, William H.. (1962). The Theory of Political Coalitions. Yale University Press.
  • Sen, Amartya K. (1999). "Democracy as a Universal Value." Journal of Democracy 10(3): 3-17.
  • Tannsjo, Torbjorn. (2008). .Global Democracy: The Case for a World Government. Edinburgh University Press.^ The case for abolishing the United States Senate By Richard N. Rosenfeld SEE ALSO: Democracy ; Federal government ; Great Britain.
    • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The list of notable personalities who have openly referenced or called for some kind of global government or New World Order is extremely lengthy.

    ^ It is the vision of an Universal Empire, which is supposed to be the natural and necessary government of the world, having a divine authority distinct from the Papacy, yet coextensive with it.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    .ISBN 978-0748634996. Argues that not only is world government necessary if we want to deal successfully with global problems it is also, pace Kant and Rawls, desirable in its own right.
  • Weingast, Barry.^ The mighty are only right in their own opinion.
    • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It seems that you want to fit Gore Vidal into some sort of Manichean world of your own imagining.
    • Gore Vidal: ‘We’ll Have a Dictatorship Soon in the US’ | CommonDreams.org 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Do you REALLY want to live in a world where other people decide if you have the right to have a child with your wife?
    • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

    (1997). ."The Political Foundations of the Rule of Law and Democracy."^ Thru the use of victimization and grievance politics we’re seeing the Balkanization of a once great democratic Republic once under the rule of Constitutional Law.
    • Communist Party Backs Obama 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ This is a dictatorship: even more fundamentally, the laws reflect, once again, the economic system and the political rule that serves it and that corresponds to it.
    • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

    American Political Science Review, 91(2): 245-263.
  • Weatherford, Jack. (1990). .Indian Givers: How the Indians Transformed the World. New York: Fawcett Columbine.^ How could a supposedly national student organization be so totally dominated by New York Jews?

    ^ How can one have globalism, which includes “a political and security phenomenon,” without creating a New World Order?

    ^ Transformation of the world economy : new directions and new interests / Tamás Szentes.

    ISBN 978-0449904961
  • Whitehead, Laurence. (2002). .Emerging Market Democracies: East Asia and Latin America. JHU Press.^ Hitler's prospects and ours By Lewis Hanke SEE ALSO: Democracy ; Fascism ; Latin America PDF IMAGES .
    • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ February 1990 Readings/Article Language, lies, and Latin democracy By Eduardo H. Galeano SEE ALSO: Democracy ; Latin America PDF IMAGES .
    • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ February 1985 Readings/Article Latins make lousy pluralists By Glen Caudill Dealy SEE ALSO: Democracy ; Latin America PDF IMAGES .
    • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ISBN 978-0801872198
  • Willard, Charles Arthur. (1996). .Liberalism and the Problem of Knowledge: A New Rhetoric for Modern Democracy. University of Chicago Press.^ That science is a whole, remains a true principle of inductive as well as of metaphysical philosophy; and the love of universal knowledge is still the characteristic of the philosopher in modern as well as in ancient times.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ See Gene Sharp, Civilian-Based Defense: A Post-Military Weapons System (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1990).
    • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

    ISBN 978-0226898452
  • Wood, E. M. (1995). .Democracy Against Capitalism: Renewing historical materialism. Cambridge University Press.^ Karl W. Deutsch, "Cracks in the Monolith," in Carl J. Friedrich, ed., Totalitarianism (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1954), pp.
    • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

    ISBN 978-0521476829
  • Wood, Gordon S. (1991). The Radicalism of the American Revolution. Vintage Books. ISBN 978-0679736882 examines democratic dimensions of republicanism

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.Democracy is a form of government in which power ultimately comes from the people governed, whether through direct voting or through elected representatives.^ Representative and Direct Democracy Voting What makes voting meaningful?
  • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Representative democracy is a form of fraud.
  • Why Nazism Was Socialism and Why Socialism Is Totalitarian - George Reisman - Mises Economics Blog 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC blog.mises.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Pure democracy is an extreme form of government.

A democracy can range from a liberal direct democracy to an illiberal totalitarian democracy.

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  • "It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see..."^ Why don't you come down to the Berkeley City Council meetings some time to see how well that's been working out for us.

    ^ You can just see the outlook coming through that "we don't want anyone telling us what to think."
    • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You can see some of the articles on that very topic here in my bookmarks .
    • Edward Harrison « naked capitalism 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.nakedcapitalism.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]


    ."You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?"^ But it all falls apart if you start with the fact that real money means real goods, and anything else is a paper fantasy that won't feed you come dinnertime.

    ^ I suppose that you believe that the savior of the world, the agent of change, and the second coming, St. Obama is above criticism.
    • Communist Party Backs Obama 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Umm, how can you say Jesus didn’t mean for his teachings to come to Gentiles?
    • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]


    ."No", said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, "nothing so simple.^ When a man is sick, nothing is more pleasant to him than health.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Having said that, he has done more for the poor in his country than any of his predecessors.
    • Totalitarian Rightists Put Orwellian Spin on Honduras Coup 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.thenation.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ No one is worth more than that.
    • Fareed Zakaria: Can Obama Save Capitalism? - PostGlobal at washingtonpost.com 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

    Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people."
    ."Odd", said Arthur, "I thought you said it was a democracy."^ Yes, he said, I thought and the others thought that you gave us a fair measure of truth.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Tell me, Thrasymachus, I said, did you mean by justice what the stronger thought to be his interest, whether really so or not?
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Well, he said, have you never heard that forms of government differ; there are tyrannies, and there are democracies, and there are aristocracies?
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]


    "I did", said Ford. "It is."
    ."So", said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don't the people get rid of the lizards?"^ Hope people are not so demoralized and cynical that they simply don’t vote against BushCo.
    • Firedoglake » Late Nite FDL: Can We Call It a Dictatorship Yet? 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC firedoglake.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ That is why the older people are wiser about history….they LIVED THROUGH IT and pass the truth on to their children, and don’t rely on revisions in schoolbooks that distort the truth.
    • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Why don't you start an organization to help people in that situation?
    • Hannity vs. Moore on 'Capitalism: A Love Story' - Hannity - FOXNews.com 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.foxnews.com [Source type: Original source]


    "It honestly doesn't occur to them", said Ford. ."They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they've voted in more or less approximates to the government they want."^ They do not want to fight speech with more speech.
    • The New Communism 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ In voting for a Labour government, they were voting for change.
    • Diana, the Monarchy and the Crisis in Britain 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.marxist.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They are pretty much like the BNP” .
    • MEP Reprimanded For Exposing EU Dictatorship 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]


    ."You mean they actually vote for the lizards?"^ You mean that they would shipwreck?
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ That you feel fear and contempt about a group of people, and can find others who share your prejudice, is not evidence that they actually are dangerous or contemptible.
    • The Volokh Conspiracy - HRW's Whitson Defends Fundraising in Totalitarian Countries: 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC volokh.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You mean to say, if they have lost their proper excellence, which is sight; but I have not arrived at that point yet.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]


    ."Oh yes", said Ford with a shrug, "of course".
    "But", said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?"
    ^ And if that’s too course for the work involved, we go down one order of magnitude into “tenths”.
    • The Other Side of Kim - TheOtherSideofKim Front Page 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.theothersideofkim.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Yes, he said; I have been convinced by the argument, as I believe that any one else would have been.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Yes, I said, Glaucon, and of our governesses too; for you must not suppose that what I have been saying applies to men only and not to women as far as their natures can go.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]


    ."Because if they didn't vote for a lizard," said Ford, "the wrong lizard might get in.^ They didn't even look at the vote.
    • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ We all know they wanted a black man in office so bad that they voted for him because of his race.
    • The Reality Check » Blog Archive » Acting President Obama Wants Communism In America 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.therealitycheck.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Then they might start asking, “Was that vote really in my best interest?” .
    • Firedoglake » Late Nite FDL: Can We Call It a Dictatorship Yet? 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC firedoglake.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    • Adams, Douglas (1984). .So long, and thanks for all the fish.   Chapter 36
  • The 20th century has been characterized by four developments of great importance: the growth of political democracy, the growth of Online Democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.^ By all means, and thanks for the compliment .
    • Firedoglake » Late Nite FDL: Can We Call It a Dictatorship Yet? 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC firedoglake.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ This is a great and important safeguard and it includes having the highest authority in the military in an emergency as an additional protection against the enormity of government destroying everything that is right and good.

    ^ Dictatorship outperforms democracy in growth and economic development .
    • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

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    • Alex Carey, Australian social scientist, in his 1995 Taking the Risk out of Democracy: Propaganda in the US and Australia, University of NSW Press, as quoted in "Letter from Noam Chomsky" to Covert Action Quarterly.
  • On n'exporte pas la démocratie dans un fourgon blindé.^ Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 1995.
    • 08.01.07: Dictatorship and Transition in the Southern Cone 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.cis.yale.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.
    • Plato's Ethics and Politics in The Republic (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The doctrine of heredity may seem to take out of our hands the conduct of our own lives, but it is the idea, not the fact, which is really terrible to us.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • Translation: One does not export democracy in an armored vehicle
    • Jacques Chirac Source: attributed by Jean-Pierre Raffarin, when Jacques Chirac addressed Silvio Berlusconi over the invasion of Iraq, 20 o'clock news, TF1, mars 11th 2007
  • All deductions having been made, democracy has done less harm, and more good, than any other form of government.^ Nor can the good harm any one?
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ No one is worth more than that.
    • Fareed Zakaria: Can Obama Save Capitalism? - PostGlobal at washingtonpost.com 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
    • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

    It gave to human existence a zest and camaraderie that outweighed its pitfalls and defects. It gave to thought and science and enterprise the freedom essential to their operation and growth. .It broke down the walls of privilege and class, and in each generation it raised up ability from every rank and place.^ Instead hey are presented with "choices" from a menu every dish of which is cooked up by the corporate ruling class.
    • Phil Hall: Could Britain become a dictatorship? | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The buying power of wages is also reduced by all of the other laws and regulations that hold down the production and supply of goods in general and thus keep up prices.
    • George Reisman's Blog on Economics, Politics, Society, and Culture 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC georgereisman.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ These two classes are the plagues of every city in which they are generated, being what phlegm and bile are to the body.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

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    • Historian Will Durant in his book The Lessons of History, chapter "Governement and History" p.78
  • When people put their ballots in the boxes, they are, by that act, inoculated against the feeling that the government is not theirs.^ They acted for the people and for freedom.
    • History Speaks: Monarchy, Exile and Maccabees 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.solhaam.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Simply put, people really do get the government they deserve.
    • What does 'totalitarian' actually mean? | Samizdata.net 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.samizdata.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Hope people are not so demoralized and cynical that they simply don’t vote against BushCo.
    • Firedoglake » Late Nite FDL: Can We Call It a Dictatorship Yet? 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC firedoglake.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .They then accept, in some measure, that its errors are their errors, its aberrations their aberrations, that any revolt will be against them.^ For they too are in error, like the astronomers; they investigate the numbers of the harmonies which are heard, but they never attain to problems—that is to say, they never reach the natural harmonies of number, or reflect why some numbers are harmonious and others not.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Plus, they have some real questions that they come up against when thinking about whether the world could be different.
    • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Many political maxims originate in a reaction against an opposite error; and when the errors against which they were directed have passed away, they in turn become errors.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    It's a remarkably shrewd and rather conservative arrangement when one thinks of it. .
    • John Kenneth Galbraith, The Age of Uncertainty (1977), Ch.^ Galbraith, John Kenneth, 1908-2006.

      ^ Capitalism, communism, and coexistence : from the bitter past to a better prospect / John Kenneth Galbraith and Stanislav Menshikov.

      ^ It is the thinking of Harvard in 1945 - of John Kenneth Galbraith , say.

      12, p. .330
  • The only way to practice democracy, is to practice democracy.^ William: Of course Obama has to present America as a democracy – it’s the only way get away with passing legislation that against the Constitution (the “rule of law”) .
    • Pajamas Media » America: A Republic, Not a Democracy 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC pajamasmedia.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Hu Shih, Science and Democracy Defined (1921), quoted in: Wen-shun Chi (1986). Ideological Conflicts in Modern China: Democracy and Authoritarianism. Transaction Publishers. pp. pp 99-134. ISBN 1 5600 0608 0.  
  • A democracy is peace-loving. .It does not like to go to war.^ If he says the U.S. is about to sink into dictatorship and go to war with Iran, does he not think Obama will have had something to do with this, if only by having done nothing?
    • Gore Vidal: ‘We’ll Have a Dictatorship Soon in the US’ | CommonDreams.org 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: General]

    ^ How does a report like this get released without going through the chain of command and blindsiding civilian leaders?

    ^ The idea of "not wanting to waste an emergency" is a poor notion; that's like a president saying he does not want to waste a war.

    It is slow to rise to provocation. .When it has once been provoked to the point where it must grasp the sword, it does not easily forgive its adversary for having produced this situation.^ It does seem that neither you nor her were able to grasp my point.
    • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Yet having begun we must go forward to the rough places of the law; at the same time begging of these gentlemen for once in their life to be serious.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Plato: Republic: Book V 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC www.constitution.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We must firmly and clearly state that the current of the Italian Marxist left, with which this review is linked, does not have the slightest hesitance or repentance on this point.
    • Force, violence and dictatorship in the class struggle 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.sinistra.net [Source type: Original source]

    The fact of the provocation then becomes itself the issue. .Democracy fights in anger -- it fights for the very reason that it was forced to go to war.^ When a country is going through a civil war or has internal tensions escalating, a dictatorship can resolve this conflicts in a more definite way than in democracies.
    • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The problems is, very talented and articulate wolves can easily get elected, which is one of the reasons why pure democracy is hopeless in safeguarding correct principles.

    ^ And it's really got a good line, that's very relevant today, talking about these people who go fight wars for the system.
    • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

    .It fights to punish the power that was rash enough and hostile enough to provoke it -- to teach that power a lesson it will not forget, to prevent the thing from happening again.^ Interestingly enough, however, he did not forget to fight centrism as a "rotten compromise" between right and left deviations.
    • Mikhail Epstein 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.emory.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It just does not have powerful enough checks and balances to stop the wrongs from happening.

    ^ The real power, the power we have to fight for night and day is not power over things, but over men.” .

    Such a war must be carried to the bitter end.
    • Kennan, George F. (1951, 1985). American Diplomacy. .University of Chicago Press.^ Dahl, R., 1959, A Preface to Democratic Theory , Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
      • Democracy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.
      • 08.01.07: Dictatorship and Transition in the Southern Cone 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.cis.yale.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
      • JapanFocus 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC japanfocus.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      .ISBN 0226431479.
       
  • You may fool all the people some of the time; ...^ And yet all the time he may be right.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Why don't you come down to the Berkeley City Council meetings some time to see how well that's been working out for us.

    ^ And all the time you're whacked out of your gourd on skunk and probably a sexual prevert.
    • What does 'totalitarian' actually mean? | Samizdata.net 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.samizdata.net [Source type: Original source]

    some of the people all the time; but you can't fool all of the people all the time. .
    • attributed to Abraham Lincoln by Alexander K. McClure (1904) "Abe" Lincoln's Yarns and Stories.
  • A pure democracy can admit no cure for the mischiefs of faction.^ No country is truly a pure " democracy, " they are representative democracies.

    .A common passion or interest will be felt by a majority, and there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party.^ For if, as you say, justice is the obedience which the subject renders to their commands, in that case, O wisest of men, is there any escape from the conclusion that the weaker are commanded to do, not what is for the interest, but what is for the injury of the stronger?
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If nothing else, Bush's tax cuts, taken to the logical extreme, sacrifice state interests in service of the individual.
    • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Check out the complete essay here -- and both there and at Infoshop.org , there's some interesting discussion in the comments sections.

    .Hence it is, that democracies have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.^ Democracies have been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their death.
    • Quotes - Democracy.Ru 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.ru [Source type: Original source]

    ^ In the Federalist Papers, Number 10 , Madison addresses the danger of a democracy bringing factions into power: “[S]uch democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property .
    • George Reisman's Blog on Economics, Politics, Society, and Culture 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC georgereisman.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Have you not observed how, in a democracy, many persons, although they have been sentenced to death or exile, just stay where they are and walk about the world—the gentleman parades like a hero, and nobody sees or cares?
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
  • All the experience the Chinese people have accumulated through several decades teaches us to enforce the people's democratic dictatorship, that is, to deprive the reactionaries of the right to speak and let the people alone have that right.^ (Let us alone!
    • Communist Party Backs Obama 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But the Federalists (including several unemployed Bush administration officials networking for jobs) didn't seem to hold all that against him.
    • "Diaper Dave" Vitter Says Obama Adopts Judicial Standards of a "Dictatorship" | Mother Jones 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC motherjones.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is hard for the average American, devoid of the experience of totalitarianism, to comprehend threats, let alone an internal one.
    • The New Communism 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
  • "In a public, as we may understand the term, (1) virtually as many people express opinions as receive them, (2) Public communications are so organised that there is a chance immediately and effectively to answer back any opinion expressed in public.^ And may many people resist the emerging dictatorship!
    • L. Gassmann Europe - a dictatorship 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.l-gassmann.de [Source type: Original source]

    ^ This criticism fails if there is clear evidence of people who live communally.
    • Plato's Ethics and Politics in The Republic (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ As Michael White suggests , British people are fond of the myth that they won't tolerate dictatorships, despite the fact that there were many fascist sympathisers in Britain in the 1930s.
    • Phil Hall: Could Britain become a dictatorship? | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .Opinion formed by such discussion (3) readily finds an outlet in effective action, even against – if necessary – the prevailing system of authority.^ Jaspers finds it necessary to express astonishment that a man of such intellect and spiritual sensitivity could also be plagued with the ugly disease of anti-Semitism.
    • Totalitarian science of quantum wholeness -- David Bohm: Krishnamurti orCusa 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.heaven-words.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ This could not have been done without strong leadership bent on pushing such policies, perhaps even to the point of employing coercion against opponents”.
    • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Even if Obama knew of such accusations, he was under no obligation to disclose such accusations against a friend in a memoir.
    • Communist Party Backs Obama 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    .And (4) authoritative institutions do not penetrate the public, which is thus more or less autonomous in its operations.-In a mass, (1) far fewer people express opinions than receive them; for the community of publics becomes an abstract collection of individuals who receive impressions from the mass media.^ By 1982, the number of mass detentions was far greater than the number of individual detentions.
    • Under the Dictatorship 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hartford-hwp.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ P.S. I am appending James Tracy's summaries of the evaluations of three scholars who read this article for the press that was considering publication: reader 1: rather mannered at the start, to page 5, before it gets down to tintacks (more or less) - around p.
    • Monarchy in Action 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.ranumspanat.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Capitalism drew a tepid $4.8 million in its first weekend of wide release, less than his more commercial hits.
    • Pajamas Media » Capitalism? Alive and Well. Michael Moore’s Reviewers? Hopelessly Biased 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC pajamasmedia.com [Source type: General]

    .(2) The communications that prevail are so organised that it is difficult or impossible for the individual to answer back immediately or with any effect.^ In other words, when times are difficult, shouldn’t there be a tendency for individuals to cut back and save rather than take on more debt and spend?

    ^ Though the immediate achievements of revolutions might be turned back temporarily, the effect of their example is cumulative.
    • ANARCHY.NET - Intelligent Anarchism for a Post-Globalist Future 10 February 2010 11:17 UTC www.anarchy.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Campanella takes note of Aristotle’s answer to Plato’s community of property, that in a society where all things are common, no individual would have any motive to work (Arist.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    .(3) The realisation of opinion in action is controlled by authorities who organise and control the channels of such action.^ The WHO has authority to regulate "the advertising and labeling" of pharmaceuticals and is developing standards for such regulation.
    • Totalitarian Global Management: The UN's War on the Liberal International Economic Order 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.cato.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Therefore a demonstration in a real war had to be made in order to force unwilling peoples to accept the authority held by those who controlled nuclear weapons.
    • Creators of the atomic bomb: debasing nuclear power into a totalitarian order in the new world 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.heaven-words.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And all the writers, when they would give weight and authority to their opinions, quote the dead; and the orators who preach and lecture are not their mouths filled with words that the dead have spoken?
    • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

    .(4) The mass has no autonomy from institutions; on the contrary, agents of authorised institutions penetrate this mass, reducing any autonomy it may have in the formation of opinion by discussion".
  • Nonetheless, one final and inescapable conflict remains before us, the war between democracy and communism.^ Production sank to one-seventh of what it had been before the war when the Tsar was in power.
    • The Communist-Capitalist Alliance 15 September 2009 6:17 UTC autarchic.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The emergence of corporate and government public relations, which drew on the studies of mass psychology by Sigmund Freud and others after World War I, found its bible in Walter Lippmann's book "Public Opinion," a manual for the power elite's shaping of popular sentiments.
    • Totalitarian Rightists Put Orwellian Spin on Honduras Coup 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.thenation.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn reminds us that, " Fifty-one percent of a nation can establish a totalitarian regime, suppress minorities and still remain democratic.

    .Although each side has equipped itself with fearsome weapons and is pitted against the other in readiness for battle, the core of their conflict is internal and ideological.^ Innocents and children on both sides are killed mercilessly, based on historical facts the current conflict will only repeat itself over and over again.
    • ANARCHY.NET - Intelligent Anarchism for a Post-Globalist Future 10 February 2010 11:17 UTC www.anarchy.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ No other country or nation should be regarded in total separation from another, let alone pitted against another.
    • Quotes - Democracy.Ru 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.ru [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The best way to know what the other side is doing is to conclude a legally binding, verifiable agreement for mutual reductions in nuclear weapons.

    Which side will triumph in this final ideological conflict? .Anyone who believes in the reality of God will surely answer that democracy will win.^ September 22nd, 2008 10:49pm Yes, we must purge science classes of the influence of anyone who believes there is a G-d or that G-d plays any role in the universe.
    • Secular Inquisition at the Royal Society | The Spectator 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.spectator.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ In answer to question 2, yes I do believe that democracy can be tyrannical if it does not contain protections for the rights and freedoms of the minority.
    • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Surely as this is a moral issue and you are a libertarian who believes in objective morality this must be the case.
    • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

    .
  • In the case of a word like DEMOCRACY, not only is there no agreed definition, but the attempt to make one is resisted from all sides.^ No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise.
    • Quotes - Democracy.Ru 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.ru [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is often supposed that there is only one kind of democracy and one of oligarchy.
    • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There is only One Sovereign, the state.
    • The Church and Totalitarian Democracy (1952) 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC woodstock.georgetown.edu [Source type: Original source]

    .It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it: consequently the defenders of every kind of régime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one meaning.^ Almost every one has multiple meanings.
    • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And if I do use repugnant words, then call me to task on it, by all means.
    • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But the argument James was trying to have was that kind of argument, where precision over the use of words matters.
    • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

    .Words of this kind are often used in a consciously dishonest way.^ Words of this kind are often used in a consciously dishonest way.
    • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But the argument James was trying to have was that kind of argument, where precision over the use of words matters.
    • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Using the kind of words can seriously damage health!
    • Iran Politics Club Forum :: View topic - Monarchy or Republic? 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.iranpoliticsclub.net [Source type: Original source]

    .That is, the person who uses them has his own private definition, but allows his hearer to think he means something quite different.^ That is, the person who uses them has his own private definition, but allows his hearer to think he means something quite different.
    • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Poland, the Baltic countries and all the rest ...even Russia, should they ever come by the means to pay with something of more value than their own blood.
    • Totalitarian science of quantum wholeness -- David Bohm: Krishnamurti orCusa 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.heaven-words.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Not much difference between the three, other than the fact that Fascism recognizes private ownership of the means of production but stringently controls production.
    • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
  • Many of our moral and political policies are designed to preempt what we know to be the worst features of human nature.^ We must not leap to the conclusion that there is a “true democracy” which is a natural amalgam of good government as representative government, political justice, equality, liberty, and human rights.
    • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ As activists, our survivor mission is nothing less than the establishment of a new human culture based on harmony with the rest of nature.

    ^ First duty, then happiness, is the natural order of our moral ideas.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The checks and balances in a democracy, for instance, were invented in explicit recognition of the fact that human leaders will always be tempted to arrogate power to themselves.^ U.S government thinks it's the boss in charge, well last time I checked, it was the people that are supposed to hold power in a democracy.
    • ANARCHY.NET - Intelligent Anarchism for a Post-Globalist Future 10 February 2010 11:17 UTC www.anarchy.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ A mixed government provides the needed checks and balances to deter the corrupting forces of a pure democracy.

    ^ Singapore did the election, was built based on constitution, and having a separation of power as check and balances mechanism.
    • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Likewise, our sensitivity to racism comes from an awareness that groups of humans, left to their own devices, are apt to discriminate and oppress other groups, often in ugly ways.^ Until, then, kings are philosophers, or philosophers are kings, cities will never cease from ill: no, nor the human race; nor will our ideal polity ever come into being.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It cannot be stopped until the left pulls out from under the sway of cult brand Obama and regains our own values, insisting they be held to by each other.
    • Gore Vidal: ‘We’ll Have a Dictatorship Soon in the US’ | CommonDreams.org 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: General]

    ^ So lets find other ways to decimate any other group you don’t like–”Immigrants” (illegal or not) as you ignorantly like to call them.
    • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

    .History also tells us that a desire to enforce dogma and suppress heretics is a recurring human weakness, one that has led to recurring waves of gruesome oppression and violence.^ Be so kind as to tell us which ones.
    • Totalitarian Rightists Put Orwellian Spin on Honduras Coup 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.thenation.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The book of Revelation (21:8) tells us clearly that no one who loves to commit sin will have a place in God's kingdom.
    • L. Gassmann Europe - a dictatorship 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.l-gassmann.de [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The greatest regard for the weakest and meanest of human beings—the infant, the criminal, the insane, the idiot, truly seems to us one of the noblest results of Christianity.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    .A recognition that there is a bit of Torquemada in everyone should make us wary of any attempt to enforce a consensus or demonize those who challenge it.^ Those who disagree with it should say that.
    • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Those who are not convinced of it should say so.
    • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There must be a deeper and darker secret, in terms of the relationship with Davis and those who knew him, that the Obama campaign is trying to keep hidden.
    • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    • Steven Pinker, introduction to What is Your Dangerous Idea? (2007) ed. John Brockman, p. xxxi.
    • .
  • If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers.^ I'm not about to start calling you names, so don't worry about that.
    • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is the first part I’m asking you about.
    • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But you have refused to answer my questions.
    • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    • Thomas Pynchon (1973) Gravity's Rainbow, Viking Press, p. .251. (Considering Hitler's appointment as Chancellor, the Reichstag Fire, and subsequent March elections, democracy may contain the seeds of its own undoing, and this quotation describes how those events did that.^ May 1924 Reichstag Elections: .
      • Right-Wing Racist Terrorist Neo-Nazi Extremists Infiltrate U.S. Military | ItsYourTimes.com 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.itsyourtimes.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ May 1928 Reichstag Election: .
      • Right-Wing Racist Terrorist Neo-Nazi Extremists Infiltrate U.S. Military | ItsYourTimes.com 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.itsyourtimes.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Problem statement This paper is faced with the problem of accurately describing an unscientific action -- how cults use the mass media to achieve a desired effect upon a democracy.
      • Totalitarian Sects and the Democratic State 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.lermanet.com [Source type: Original source]

      )
    • .
  • Democracies have no business running secret prisons.^ Does not help.You still run the risk of taking collateral damage.Might just as well adopt the 'take no prisoners'style that has become mandatory.
    • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

    That's what our enemies do. .[…] As Americans, we do believe our system offers a better way.^ Americans in particular seem to approach capitalism not as just a way of organising a financial system, but as a fundamentalist religion.
    • Capitalism 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC mindprod.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Wouldn’t that be a better way to spend millions of dollars than to obtain some range-of-the-moment concession from the statists while reinforcing their system of political pull?
    • George Reisman's Blog on Economics, Politics, Society, and Culture 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC georgereisman.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The outpost program offers a way for you to collaborate with people in your community and in a worldwide network to raise awareness and work for a better, more local future.

    .But the only way to convince others of that is if we live by our values.^ It is the only way to rescue our lives and country.
    • George Reisman's Blog on Economics, Politics, Society, and Culture 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC georgereisman.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Yes, I said; and there are many other things which must also have a similar extension given to them, if our legislation is to be of any value.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ More to the point is the fact that we have made the declarative statement that government and bureaucracy exist for our benefit—not the other way round.
    • The Other Side of Kim - TheOtherSideofKim Front Page 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.theothersideofkim.com [Source type: Original source]

    Real security begins with remembering who we are. We gain nothing by adopting the methods of our enemies. .
  • But now well democracy has shown us that what is evil are the grosses têtes, the big heads, all big heads are greedy for money and power, they are ambitious that is the reason they are big heads and so they are at the head of the government and the result is misery for the people.^ September 14, 2006 .
    • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Well, now they have their answer, by God!

    ^ We got too big and they want us dead.
    • HR 2749: Totalitarian Control of the Food Supply 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.infowars.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .They talk about cutting off the heads of the grosses têtes but now we know that there will be other grosses têtes and the will be all the same.^ They know nothing of alternatives other than they are all "evil".
    • Capitalism 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC mindprod.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And they all look the same.
    • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They aren’t the same thing at all.
    • The Totalitarian Temptation and all that — Crooked Timber 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

  • But our perfect democracy, which neither needs nor particularly wants voters, is a rarity.^ Our real needs are exploited through careful marketing which inflates what we think we need with what we want.
    • Dissident Voice : Why is Capitalism Failing Us? 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC dissidentvoice.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ He ruthlessly persecuted communists, but he also suppressed conservative elements in the Army and made clear that he wanted to destroy the Catholic Church, neither of which were particularly left wing.
    • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The opposition is misrepresenting our position: we don't say that because neither dictatorship nor democracy cause development then the first shouldn't be persecuted.
    • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

    .It is important to remember there still exist many other forms of government in the world today, and that dozens of foreign governments still long for a democracy such as ours to be imposed on them.^ There are many other problems with bailouts.
    • Edward Harrison « naked capitalism 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.nakedcapitalism.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Such, then, is the form and such are the evils of oligarchy; and there may be many other evils.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe.
    • Quotes - Democracy.Ru 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.ru [Source type: Original source]

    • Stewart, Jon, et al (2004). .The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America the Book: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction.^ A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
      • Quotes - Democracy.Ru 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.ru [Source type: Original source]

      Warner Books, Incorporated. .ISBN 0446532681.
       
  • Plato would tell us, in that affectionate but non-sexual way of his, that "democracy" is a Greek word combining the roots for "people" ("demos-") and "rule" ("-kratia").^ And as long as Americans continue to believe they live in a democracy, the longer this foreign Monetary Cartel will have their way with us.

    ^ People often see democracy as an equalizing factor that should not allow the elite or wealthy in a society to rule in an autocratic, despotic, unaccountable manner.
    • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Then the Cultural Revolution would openly advise the Vietnamese people to negotiate with the US imperialist beasts.
    • The Role of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat in the International Marxist-Leninist Movement 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.mltranslations.org [Source type: Original source]

    .In Greek democracy, political power was concentrated not in the hands of one person, or even a small group of people, but rather evenly and fairly among all the people (free adult males), meaning every John Q. Publikopolous could play a role in Athenian government.^ Again, what sets democracies and dictatorships apart from one another is whether political power is held by the people in general or by a small clique or even a single person.
    • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Almost every one has multiple meanings.
    • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is the character of the people that determines the proper role for government in a free society.
    • A Republic, If You Can Keep It 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC www.house.gov [Source type: Original source]

    • Stewart, Jon, et al (2004). .The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America the Book: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction.^ A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
      • Quotes - Democracy.Ru 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.ru [Source type: Original source]

      Warner Books, Incorporated. ISBN 0446532681.
       
  • Civilizations in decline are consistently characterised by a tendency towards standardization and uniformity. .
  • It's carrying democracy too far if you don't know the result of the vote before the meeting.^ You don’t know the history of LIBERALISM!!
    • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I don’t know how else to prove it to you.
    • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Otherwise you don't know what to do with her.
    • Anarchy at Sea - William Langewiesche 10 February 2010 11:17 UTC www.wesjones.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Eric Varley, UK Secretary of State for Industry in the 1970s.
    • Alistair Michie and Simon Hoggart (1978). The Pact: The inside story of the Lib-Lab government, 1977-8. Quarter Books. pp. p. .13. ISBN 0 7043 2193 9.  
  • In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance.^ Moreover he would not forget to remind people how they suffered in the past years under the Bush economic policies.
    • Fareed Zakaria: Can Obama Save Capitalism? - PostGlobal at washingtonpost.com 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Plato, Leonardo Da Vinci, Shakespeare, Newton and so on down a very short list.
    • Totalitarian science of quantum wholeness -- David Bohm: Krishnamurti orCusa 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.heaven-words.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It had been built in Italy in 1974, and for years had ridden the downward spiral of the maritime market under a progression of names, owners, and nationalities.
    • Anarchy at Sea - William Langewiesche 10 February 2010 11:17 UTC www.wesjones.com [Source type: Original source]

    .In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had 500 years of democracy and peace -- and what did that produce?^ The love of Lacedaemon not only affected Plato and Xenophon, but was shared by many undistinguished Athenians; there they seemed to find a principle which was wanting in their own democracy.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Did you know: That the seven oldest continuous democracies are the United Kingdom, the United States, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Australia?

    ^ Nor did Ghenghis Khan ever compromise his peace-loving nature.
    • The Volokh Conspiracy - HRW's Whitson Defends Fundraising in Totalitarian Countries: 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC volokh.com [Source type: Original source]

    The cuckoo clock. .
  • If believers feel that their faith is trivialized and their true selves compromised by a society that will not give religious imperatives special weight, their problem is not that secularists are antidemocratic but that democracy is antiabsolutist.^ This will undoubtedly be true in communist society as well.
    • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I do not have a particularly big problem with scientists who may have some personal mystical beliefs - for all I know the President of the Royal Society may be religious.
    • Secular Inquisition at the Royal Society | The Spectator 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.spectator.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The sense of confidence, even faith, many people have in science is not so different than the devotion others feel to religious beliefs.
    • Totalitarian science of quantum wholeness -- David Bohm: Krishnamurti orCusa 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.heaven-words.com [Source type: Original source]

Against

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  • Remember, democracy never lasts long.^ It is clear that democracy in this country will not last forever, nothing lasts forever, but I never thought that I would live to see the day when I felt it was threatened.
    • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

    .It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself.^ It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself.
    • Quotes - Democracy.Ru 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.ru [Source type: Original source]

    .There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.^ He wrote, " T here never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.

    ^ Well, he said, have you never heard that forms of government differ; there are tyrannies, and there are democracies, and there are aristocracies?
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ On the one hand then, there has never been as much democracy as present.
    • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
  • Hence it is that such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.^ That they are generally happier and more content.
    • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Democracies have been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their death.
    • Quotes - Democracy.Ru 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.ru [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Have you not observed how, in a democracy, many persons, although they have been sentenced to death or exile, just stay where they are and walk about the world—the gentleman parades like a hero, and nobody sees or cares?
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Theoretic politicians, who have patronized this species of government, have erroneously supposed that by reducing mankind to a perfect equality in their political rights, they would, at the same time, be perfectly equalized and assimilated in their possessions, their opinions, and their passions.^ Who gave the government this right?
    • What does 'totalitarian' actually mean? | Samizdata.net 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.samizdata.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They absolutely have a right to voice their opinions.
    • Communist Party Backs Obama 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They can differ on the magnitude of the governing clique, the military or civil nature of the authority, economic liberties granted for citizens, legality of political associations, legal framework, etc.
    • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

  • We are now forming a republican government.^ The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government .
    • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Option Three would be closer to the status quo - i.e., the "republican form of government" guaranteed by the US Constitution.

    ^ I fear that now matter what form of government we install, it will only last a matter of time.

    .Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.^ Pure democracy is an extreme form of government.

    ^ We must not leap to the conclusion that there is a “true democracy” which is a natural amalgam of good government as representative government, political justice, equality, liberty, and human rights.
    • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Benjamin Rush, one of the founding fathers, said: " A simple democracy is the devil's own government.

    .
  • Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.
  • The evils we experience flow from the excess of democracy.^ However, it led to more stability and democracy.
    • 08.01.07: Dictatorship and Transition in the Southern Cone 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.cis.yale.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ If it’s worthwhile, a good machinist can hold tolerances well under .001 inch in most materials, but it costs considerably more.
    • The Other Side of Kim - TheOtherSideofKim Front Page 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.theothersideofkim.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It's more fundamental than that "you have to go along to get along" when you get into the political structure.
    • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The people do not want virtue, but are the dupes of pretended patriots.^ It’s fun to claim the people’s support now, but lets not pretend that we’re all simply giving the people what they want.
    • The Totalitarian Temptation and all that — Crooked Timber 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
  • Democracies are often run by ethnically based groups prepared to do terrible things to other ethnic groups...^ Already they have raised up a money aristocracy that has set the government at defiance.” – Thomas Jefferson, at the Constitutional Convention, 1787.

    ^ Democracy is seen as a threat to those in power, who worry about the masses, referring to them as a “mob”, or some other derogatory phrase (“tyranny of the majority” is another), and To get votes, parties may appeal to populist issues which are often sensational or aim for short-term goals of elections.
    • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ A common example plaguing many countries which have diversity in race and religion is that a dominant group may prefer policies that undermine others.
    • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

    or they can be very corrupt, dominated by elites... .Capitalist, democratic states put the emphasis on the private sector, which doesn't always deliver on social goods.^ Good Social Democrats, in the European sense.
    • Gore Vidal: ‘We’ll Have a Dictatorship Soon in the US’ | CommonDreams.org 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.commondreams.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Is “good government” or “social justice” unequivocally democratic, even in the nicest liberal senses?
    • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The second problem is the State willingness to contravene the private practice of religion in order establish some other desired good.
    • The Totalitarian Temptation and all that — Crooked Timber 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The free press is good on major disasters like classic famines, but it tolerates chronic hunger as much as anyone else.^ Nazis somewhat have the same rights in Germany, but USA is the most tolerant and free speech, free press nation in the world.
    • Iran Politics Club Forum :: View topic - Monarchy or Republic? 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.iranpoliticsclub.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Max, I would like to start off by saying that I respect anyone who has good intentions – intentions of improving the well being of people.
    • Dissident Voice : Why is Capitalism Failing Us? 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC dissidentvoice.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • Frances Stewart, quoted in Massing, Michael, "Does Democracy Avert Famine?", New York Times, 2003-03-01.
  • Democracy is necessarily despotism, as it establishes an executive power contrary to the general will; all being able to decide against one whose opinion may differ, the will of all is therefore not that of all: which is contradictory and opposite to liberty.^ New York Times, April 5, 1996 .
    • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ This quote comes from political analyst in the New York Times: .
    • Dictatorship : NOVAKEO.COM 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC novakeo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And yet all the time he may be right.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
  • "Democratic" decision making is a means for finding and implementing the will of the majority; it has no other function.^ They have no input into the decision making process.
    • Capitalism 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC mindprod.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Unsatisfactory relations with India now constitute one oi Peiping's major policyInproblem for which it can find no easy solution.
    • COMMUNIST CHINA - CIA document 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Then when the person who asks me is not in his right mind I am by no means to make the return?
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    It serves, not to encourage diversity, but to prevent it.
  • Envy is the basis of democracy. .
  • If Voting Changed Anything They'd Abolish It.^ Rather, Murray calls for an awakening of the elites because he wants them to stop trying to change America (and also because he thinks they’d live better/happier lives).
    • The Totalitarian Temptation and all that — Crooked Timber 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ What they found was “secrecy, votes in the trash, and how to change the course of history” through things like extremely easy manipulation of electronic voting.
    • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Most congresscritters are whores that work for corporations, but if they see money and votes go elsewhere, it forces them to change their pandering in order to get back to the money flow.
    • Firedoglake » Late Nite FDL: Can We Call It a Dictatorship Yet? 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC firedoglake.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    • Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London 2000 - 2008, published an autobiography-cum-political tract in 1988 with this title. .ISBN 9780006373353
  • Imagine if all of life were determined by majority rule.^ Imagine there’s no countries, It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for No religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace.
    • America’s Most Successful Communist by Howard Husock, City Journal Summer 2005 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.city-journal.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Californians today simply have no idea of all the ways in which their life is made duller, more rigid, and more monotonous by unnecessary rules.

    Every meal would be a pizza. .Every pair of pants, even those in a Brooks Brothers suit, would be stone-washed denim.^ Even more to the point, it is highly unlikely that he would have a clearance higher than those I have, know what my clearances are, know why I have them and have any information on what I have used them for.
    • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If you were one of those former slaves, or even among the class of poor whites in the area, it would have been objectively much better, even with the violence, to have that system.
    • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Of course, for me to do so, once I had identified and located those against I wish to bring such suits, would cost me a considerable amount of money.
    • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Celebrity diet and exercise books would be the only thing on the shelves at the library.^ When he opened his eyes, the only thing on his desk was a bunch of organically grown carrots and a copy of The Complete Book of Running.
    • Sadly, No! » Goldberg Ad Astra (Pt. II) 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.sadlyno.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The only thing I would ever “fire” is a corkgun… so calm down, oh “be offended, be very offended” reactionary one.
    • Dissident Voice : Why is Capitalism Failing Us? 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC dissidentvoice.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I know, I said, that such was your position; but what I would further consider is, whether this power which is possessed by the superior state can exist or be exercised without justice or only with justice.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    .And - since women are a majority of the population- we'd all be married to Mel Gibson.^ The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity, since the tastes, knowledge, and principles of the majority form the tribunal of appeal.
    • Quotes - Democracy.Ru 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.ru [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It was clearly in the interest of both whites and Hawaiians to prohibit Asians from voting, since Asians were rapidly becoming a majority of the population.
    • Was the 1893 overthrow of the monarchy illegal? Was it a theft of a nation owned by kanaka maoli and stolen by non-kanaka maoli? 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.angelfire.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ After the "Holocaust", their numbers were reduced substantially, and a significant number of them have married educated, talented, and most of all beautiful, non-Jewish women.
    • Creators of the atomic bomb: debasing nuclear power into a totalitarian order in the new world 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.heaven-words.com [Source type: Original source]

    .
  • Democracy is nothing but the Tyranny of Majorities, the most abominable tyranny of all, for it is not based on the authority of a religion, not upon the nobility of a race, not on the merits of talents and of riches.^ Because in a pure democracy, nothing would be in place to prevent the people from voting to legally confiscate all the earnings of the rich and wealthy or to rob the poor.

    ^ From all accounts, he was a racist of the most abominable kind.
    • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But the form of government is a democracy when the free, who are also poor and the majority, govern, and an oligarchy when the rich and the noble govern, they being at the same time few in number.
    • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

    .It merely rests upon numbers and hides behind the name of the people.^ Not that these people and their brethren have not been idolized also: Edward Teller, the mastermind behind the hydrogen bomb, was awarded the Nobel prize, as were a number of other bomb-makers.
    • Creators of the atomic bomb: debasing nuclear power into a totalitarian order in the new world 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.heaven-words.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Conduction is based upon another’s “rules” (rails)… and its the climbing-aboard of gullible Americans… upon other people’s bandwagons… namely, the rich controller’s bandwagons/railroadings.
    • Dissident Voice : Why is Capitalism Failing Us? 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC dissidentvoice.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But it’s important to understand that at some point soon that number will reach a kind of critical mass , and that’s the point when the people who have not prepared will find themselves already left behind.

    .
    • Proudhon, Demokratie und Republik, S. 10.
  • Democracy is a poor system of government at best; the only thing that can honestly be said in its favor is that it is about eight times as good as any other method the human race has ever tried.^ The thing about outreach though is that the time for it is ...
    • ANARCHY.NET - Intelligent Anarchism for a Post-Globalist Future 10 February 2010 11:17 UTC www.anarchy.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
    • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others that have been tried.
    • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Democracy's worst fault is that its leaders are likely to reflect the faults and virtues of their constituents - at a depressingly low level.^ There have been numerous cases where democracies have seen leaders elected on low voter turnouts.
    • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

    • Robert A. Heinlein (1991). Stranger in a Strange Land. G.P. Putnam's Sons. pp. p. 232. ISBN 0399135863.  
  • Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy. .You in America will see that some day.^ Why don't you come down to the Berkeley City Council meetings some time to see how well that's been working out for us.

    ^ You can see some of the articles on that very topic here in my bookmarks .
    • Edward Harrison « naked capitalism 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.nakedcapitalism.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Whether the future soldiers do or do not see war in the days of their youth is a very important matter, for the sake of which some risk may fairly be incurred.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Plato: Republic: Book V 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC www.constitution.org [Source type: Original source]

Misattributions

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  • Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.^ Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
    • Quotes - Democracy.Ru 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.ru [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Benjamin Franklin declared that, " Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.

    ^ "Democracy is two wolves and a sheep arguing over what's for dinner.
    • What does 'totalitarian' actually mean? | Samizdata.net 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.samizdata.net [Source type: Original source]

    .Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.^ Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!
    • Quotes - Democracy.Ru 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.ru [Source type: Original source]

    ^ As Franklin observed, democracy is like two wolves and a lamb voting on whom to eat, & liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.
    • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

    Widely attributed to .Benjamin Franklin on the internet, sometimes without the second sentence, it is not found in any of his known writings, and the word "lunch" is not known to have appeared anywhere in english literature until the 1820s, decades after his death.^ In the first part of the sentence he appears to be speaking of paeonic rhythms which are in the ratio of 3/2 in the second part, of dactylic and anapaestic rhythms, which are in the ratio of 1/1; in the last clause, of iambic and trochaic rhythms, which are in the ratio of ½ or 2/1.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Until recently this was the only work in English that tried to total all deaths from war and democide in this century.
    • DEMOCIDE IN TOTALITARIAN STATES 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.hawaii.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ For example, when interpreting the meaning of a provision in the Constitution, the Supreme Court sometimes cites the writings and debates of the people who wrote the Constitution, as found in the Federalist Papers.
    • Was the 1893 overthrow of the monarchy illegal? Was it a theft of a nation owned by kanaka maoli and stolen by non-kanaka maoli? 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.angelfire.com [Source type: Original source]

    .The phrasing itself has a very modern tone and the second sentence especially might not even be as old as the internet.^ He might even tell you jokes about the good old days when he taught "temple Sunday School".....
    • Creators of the atomic bomb: debasing nuclear power into a totalitarian order in the new world 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.heaven-words.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Second, the capacity to do what is best might require engaging in certain kinds of activities in order to maintain itself.
    • Plato's Ethics and Politics in The Republic (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And even that role was denounced very quickly by President Cleveland, making clear the U.S. itself was not interested in taking over the kingdom.
    • Was the 1893 overthrow of the monarchy illegal? Was it a theft of a nation owned by kanaka maoli and stolen by non-kanaka maoli? 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.angelfire.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Some of these observations are made in response to a query at Google Answers.^ To the doubts and queries raised by these ‘social reformers’ respecting the relation of the sexes and the moral nature of man, there is a sufficient answer, if any is needed.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ As for you reply to my previous comment, and some of your other remarks: you have made several correct observations, but they are beside the point.
    • What does 'totalitarian' actually mean? | Samizdata.net 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.samizdata.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Some people are better than others, and these people have been mandated by god, who has made them intrinsically better, to rule over the rest.
    • ANARCHY.NET - Intelligent Anarchism for a Post-Globalist Future 10 February 2010 11:17 UTC www.anarchy.net [Source type: Original source]

    A far rarer but somewhat more credible variation also occurs: "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner." Web searches on these lines uncovers the earliest definite citations for such a statement credit libertarian author James Bovard with a similar one in the Sacramento Bee (1994):
    "Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner."
    This statement also definitely occurs in the "Conclusion" (p. 333) of his book Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty (1994) ISBN 0312123337
    Majority rule will only work if you're considering individual rights. You can't have five wolves and one sheep vote on what they want to have for supper - Larry Flynt. Carol LLoyd, Flynt's revenge, Salon, 1999-02-23.

Unsourced

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  • The greatest argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.^ The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.
    • Quotes - Democracy.Ru 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.ru [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Winston Churchill said it well when he concluded that, " The best argument against [pure] democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

    .
  • Democracy is the rule of the people, by the people and for the people.^ Democracy means rule of the people.

    ^ Democracy is about the rule of people.
    • Totalitarian Rightists Put Orwellian Spin on Honduras Coup 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.thenation.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Indeed, to paraphrase Winston Churchill's famous description of democracy, it's the worst economic system except for all the others.
    • artdiamondblog.com: Capitalism Archives 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.artdiamondblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • A democracy is nothing more than an angry mob, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.^ And nothing is more right-wing than a freakin' dictator .

    ^ No one is worth more than that.
    • Fareed Zakaria: Can Obama Save Capitalism? - PostGlobal at washingtonpost.com 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ One must obey God more than people!
    • L. Gassmann Europe - a dictatorship 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.l-gassmann.de [Source type: Original source]

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    • Thomas Jefferson, allegedly [citation needed]
  • Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.^ Consequently, the new clique-in which hopes may have been placed-will be able to do whatever it wants without concern for democracy or human rights.
    • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Many democracies have rules that elections must be held regularly, say every 4 or 5 years.
    • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Another measure introduced by Gaius was a law by which the senate needed to specify the tasks it wished to charge the consuls with before the election took place.

  • Corruption ought not to be an inevitable product of democracy. .
  • Democracy has turned out to be not majority rule but rule by well-organized and well-connected minority groups who steal from the majority.^ Well, I guess that rules Ben S. out..
    • Firedoglake » Late Nite FDL: Can We Call It a Dictatorship Yet? 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC firedoglake.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Minorities losing out to majorities .
    • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Three days later, Spanish voters, who overwhelmingly opposed their government's support of the Iraq war, turned out the ruling Popular Party in favor of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party, which pledged to bring Spanish troops home from Iraq .
    • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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    • Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
  • There can be no complete democracy so long as social viscosity exists.^ But so long as there is democracy among one part of society, that will inevitably be part of a dictatorship exercised by that part of society, even if "that part of society" represents and increasingly draws in the great majority of people.
    • DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, AND THE SOCIALIST TRANSITION TO COMMUNISM-- By Bob Avakian 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC rwor.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There should be no secret corner of illiberality; nothing can be more antagonistic than meanness to a soul which is ever longing after the whole of things both divine and human.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There is no intrinsic justice in democracy, it's just mob rule.

    .
    • Christopher Kasparek
  • You measure democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.^ You just can't give less intelligent beings as much freedom as intelligent people.

    ^ Because you guys disallow Freedom of Thought, Speech, Assembly and Democracy.
    • Iran Politics Club Forum :: View topic - Monarchy or Republic? 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.iranpoliticsclub.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You go right ahead and give up all YOUR “rights” and YOUR “personal freedoms” to the government, or go live in China since you admire their ideals.
    • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

    .
  • Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.^ Democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others that have been tried.
    • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Pure democracy is an extreme form of government.

    ^ It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
    • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

    .
  • Democracy opens mouths but cannot fill them.^ Indeed, to paraphrase Winston Churchill's famous description of democracy, it's the worst economic system except for all the others.
    • artdiamondblog.com: Capitalism Archives 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.artdiamondblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ House of Lords], and a people voting by their representatives [a House of Commons] form the best monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy [available on eart].

    ^ To reference the opening quote from Churchill, democracy is not a government, nor has it ever been tried.
    • ANARCHY.NET - Intelligent Anarchism for a Post-Globalist Future 10 February 2010 11:17 UTC www.anarchy.net [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • Leonid S. Sukhorukov
  • Majoritarian democracy by itself is not freedom but the rule by a larger group.^ The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.
    • L. Gassmann Europe - a dictatorship 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.l-gassmann.de [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Unchristian Values Article 2: “The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.
    • L. Gassmann Europe - a dictatorship 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.l-gassmann.de [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Government itself, whether authoritarian or majoritarian, is totally destructive of democracy.
    • ANARCHY.NET - Intelligent Anarchism for a Post-Globalist Future 10 February 2010 11:17 UTC www.anarchy.net [Source type: Original source]

    .Under a victorious democracy the most important task for liberal principles is thus the protection of minorities, especially of those which do not have a chance to gain the majority for themselves.^ Democracy of Nation States in the age of Globalization International institutions: democratic or representing those with the most power?
    • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ In answer to question 2, yes I do believe that democracy can be tyrannical if it does not contain protections for the rights and freedoms of the minority.
    • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ This change has happened in Britain and has gained ground especially under New Labour.
    • What does 'totalitarian' actually mean? | Samizdata.net 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.samizdata.net [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • Carl Friedrich von Weizaecker
  • No substantial famine has ever occurred in any independent and democratic country with a relatively free press.^ Carl-Friedrich von Weizsaecker .
    • Quotes - Democracy.Ru 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.ru [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The creation and extension on a democratic basis of the state sector independent from foreign monopolies and gradually becoming a determining factor in the country's economy is of great importance in these countries.
    • The Role of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat in the International Marxist-Leninist Movement 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.mltranslations.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The capitalism of Adam Smith, relatively free of government support, is no more.
    • Dissident Voice : Why is Capitalism Failing Us? 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC dissidentvoice.org [Source type: Original source]

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    • Amartya Sen
  • That a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government.^ Pure democracy is an extreme form of government.

    ^ A mixed government provides the needed checks and balances to deter the corrupting forces of a pure democracy.

    ^ Because in a pure democracy, nothing would be in place to prevent the people from voting to legally confiscate all the earnings of the rich and wealthy or to rob the poor.

    .Experience has proved that no position is more false than this.^ Therefore he’s no need to prove his devotion to the cause by killing himself anymore than you do for using a condom.
    • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Number of states where a shift of no more than three seats this fall could change party control of a legislative chamber : 23 .
    • Democracy (Harper's Magazine) 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.harpers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The drugs often prove no more effective than sugar pills, or placebos – and to accomplish even these limited positive results, the clinical trials and data that they generate typically have to be statistically manipulated” .

    .The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government.^ Good government could never be a substitute for government by the people themselves.
    • Quotes - Democracy.Ru 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.ru [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The government of America has never been good to Iran.
    • Dictatorship : NOVAKEO.COM 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC novakeo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.
    • Quotes - Democracy.Ru 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC democracy.ru [Source type: Original source]

    Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity. .
  • The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.^ Take away their army, and you get Freikorps.
    • Phil Hall: Could Britain become a dictatorship? | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You know what the big give away is?
    • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Who would you support?
    • Totalitarian Rightists Put Orwellian Spin on Honduras Coup 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.thenation.com [Source type: Original source]

    .
  • The rule of the many by the few, we call tyranny.^ Thus the few rule the many.
    • ANARCHY.NET - Intelligent Anarchism for a Post-Globalist Future 10 February 2010 11:17 UTC www.anarchy.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Either they arm the multitude, and then they are more afraid of them than of the enemy; or, if they do not call them out in the hour of battle, they are oligarchs indeed, few to fight as they are few to rule.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ All existing regimes, whether ruled by one, a few, or many, show these defects.
    • Plato's Ethics and Politics in The Republic (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

    .The rule of the few by the many (democracy) is tyranny also, only of a less intense kind.^ Thus the few rule the many.
    • ANARCHY.NET - Intelligent Anarchism for a Post-Globalist Future 10 February 2010 11:17 UTC www.anarchy.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Democracy at an international level would reduce their advantage so it would not be in their interest to extend power and privilege to too many others (a few are needed).
    • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ All existing regimes, whether ruled by one, a few, or many, show these defects.
    • Plato's Ethics and Politics in The Republic (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

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  • Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.^ The thing is, separation of powers is not a prerequisite to democracy, as parliamentary systems under the "Fusion of Powers" paradigm can attest.
    • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If Greenspan and that journal ought to have seen the problem, it is other things they ought to have been watching (for instance, how much risk were people taking and whether incomes were growing too).

    ^ Personally I can think of only one system better than a democracy – unaha-ism .
    • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

    .
  • Democracy is a very admirable form of government — for dogs
  • Democracy is not a matter of sentiment, but of foresight.^ But the form of government is a democracy when the free, who are also poor and the majority, govern, and an oligarchy when the rich and the noble govern, they being at the same time few in number.
    • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Well, he said, have you never heard that forms of government differ; there are tyrannies, and there are democracies, and there are aristocracies?
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The American Revolutionaries clearly chose liberty over security, for their economic security and their very lives were threatened by undertaking the job of forming a new and limited government.
    • A Republic, If You Can Keep It 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC www.house.gov [Source type: Original source]

    .Any system that doesn't take the long run into account will burn itself out in the short run.^ It doesn’t take long to weed out the loons.
    • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Karl decided he was going to take these gigantic churches on the Christian right and to turn them into a gigantic vote delivery system.
    • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The Constitution does not give you the power to take money out of my pocket and put it into a farmer’s pocket.
    • George Reisman's Blog on Economics, Politics, Society, and Culture 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC georgereisman.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Charles Yost
  • Democracy is ethically right but intellectually void. .
    • Max Kislanski
  • Those who vote count for nothing; those who count the vote count for everything.^ Most of those who voted for it didn’t realize what it said or its impact on the US!!
    • Obama’s Communist Cover-up Continues 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ So please don’t click the link if you are one of those people who sees nothing!
    • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Many of the economists who are the most critical today were among those supporting deregulation (or they said little or nothing about it).
    • Edward Harrison « naked capitalism 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.nakedcapitalism.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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This page was created, but so far, little content has been added. .Everyone is invited to help expand and create educational content for Wikiversity.^ Limited agricultural resources for a population rapidly expanding helped create a real genocide, not the speculative onse so popularly discussed on here.
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  • Dissident Voice : Why is Capitalism Failing Us? 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC dissidentvoice.org [Source type: Original source]

^ That is how you can see what people are made of!
  • Iran Politics Club Forum :: View topic - Monarchy or Republic? 10 January 2010 4:57 UTC www.iranpoliticsclub.net [Source type: Original source]

^ But do you see, he rejoined, how many we are?
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  • Michael J. Totten: The Totalitarian Impulse 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.michaeltotten.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Justice, again, is a more abstract notion than the other virtues, and therefore, from Plato’s point of view, the foundation of them, to which they are referred and which in idea precedes them.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Do you think it right that Hellenes should enslave Hellenic States, or allow others to enslave them, if they can help?
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

.This will help you find materials such as information, media and quotations on which to base the development of "Democracy" as an educational resource.^ Find someone to do it for you, enlist help.
  • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

^ And I was right,’ he replied; ‘however, I will stand by you as a sort of do-nothing, well-meaning ally.’ Having the help of such a champion, I will do my best to maintain my position.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Such is true in our former rebuttal against their point in "Dictatorship outperforms democracy in growth and economic development" .
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

.However, please do not simply copy-and-paste large chunks from other projects.^ There is a large chunk of the world, however, where the women are basically enslaved and given to breeding like rats.
  • Zombietime: Obama "science czar" is a totalitarian crank 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC minx.cc [Source type: General]

.You can also use the links in the blue box to help you classify this page by subject, educational level and resource type.^ For you fancy that shepherds and rulers never think of their own interest, but only of their sheep or subjects, whereas the truth is that they fatten them for their use, sheep and subjects alike.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Specifically, your use of “At the philosophical level” is letting you elide distinctions that need to be made.
  • The Totalitarian Temptation and all that — Crooked Timber 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC crookedtimber.org [Source type: Original source]

^ But if many states join their resources, shall we not be in danger?’ I am amused to hear you use the word ‘state’ of any but our own State.
  • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

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.Democracy can be used to describe any system of government in which either decision making powers are given directly to the people, or the leaders who do hold and exercise these powers are elected by, and held accountable to, the people.^ The objective in these conflicts needs to be the establishment of a free society with a democratic system of government.
  • FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.hermanos.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The thing is, separation of powers is not a prerequisite to democracy, as parliamentary systems under the "Fusion of Powers" paradigm can attest.
  • Dictatorship is the best path to development 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC debatewise.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Governments on the left and allowed free rein destroy the people by intimate interference and redistribution of wealth from a few to many, making no one wealthy, except the leaders.
  • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

.A leader of a democratic state, rather than inheriting or being appointed their posiiton, must be elected.^ We now trade in money rather than eggs, but to serve its proper function, money must remain directly and irrevocably linked to real, existing wealth.

^ Firstly, advocates of this type of eugenics conclude that all efforts must be focused upon limiting the number of consumers rather than expanding the available resources.
  • Obama Science Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Totalitarian Population Control Measures 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC www.prisonplanet.com [Source type: Original source]

^ By shopping globally, shipowners found that they could choose the laws that were applied to them rather than haplessly submitting as ordinary citizens must to the arbitrary jurisdictions of their native states.
  • Anarchy at Sea - William Langewiesche 10 February 2010 11:17 UTC www.wesjones.com [Source type: Original source]

.There are many different types of democracies including republic, constitutional monarchy, parliamentary democracy, liberal democracy, representative democracy and many others.^ There are many other problems with bailouts.
  • Edward Harrison « naked capitalism 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.nakedcapitalism.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We must not leap to the conclusion that there is a “true democracy” which is a natural amalgam of good government as representative government, political justice, equality, liberty, and human rights.
  • Democracy — Global Issues 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.globalissues.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Without question today’s statists are liberal with other people’s money.“ Liberal” as political opinion and meaning “Favourable to constitutional changes and legal or administrative reforms tending in the direction of freedom and democracy” is first cited as used in 1801.
  • The American Spectator : Totalitarian Sentimentality 9 February 2010 17:20 UTC spectator.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Democracies can also be capitalist ot socialist.
.Examples of democratic nations include the United States of America, The United Kingdom, France, Canada, the Commonwealth of Australia, New Zealand and Germany.^ The best example of the post-democratic state is the USA, whose structures are of course deeply entwined with those of the UK state and economy.
  • Phil Hall: Could Britain become a dictatorship? | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk 1 February 2010 7:40 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ This is an example of the united states hypocracy..if you do a google search on unit 731 it will show how america is in a lot of ways no better than russia.COMMUNISIM IS ALIVE AND WELL… .
  • A tribute to Communism | Kiwiblog 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.kiwiblog.co.nz [Source type: Original source]

^ The new trade combination "will act for Amtorg, by its authority, as its official agent in the United States.
  • The Communist-Capitalist Alliance 15 September 2009 6:17 UTC autarchic.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]


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A democracy (a word from the Greek language, demokratia meaning rule by the people[1]) is a kind of government. In a democracy, certain people of a community choose their leaders. There are different ways to do this, but the process is usually called holding an election.

Political parties are involved with politics. It may therefore look easy to pick a political party. The party that gets elected will then choose people to lead.

Very often those leaders will also decide the laws.[2]

In a democracy, there are elections every few years where the people can vote and choose who they want to lead them, or choose the laws. The decision is made based on the number of votes. The side with the most votes wins.

Examples of democracies are South Korea, Mexico, United Kingdom and the United States.

File:Democracy claims
Since World War II, democracy has gained widespread acceptance. This map shows which countries see themselves as democratic, as of March 2008. It shows the de jure status of democracy in the world. The countries in red are Saudia Arabia, Myanmar, Brunei and Vatican City      Governments who see themselves as a democracy      Governments who do not see themselves as a democracy
File:Freedom House world map
This map shows the findings of Freedom House's survey Freedom in the World 2007. The survey reports the state of world freedom in 2006. Note that although these measures (another is the Polity data described below) are highly correlated, this does not imply interchangeability.[3]      Free. Freedom House considers these to be liberal democracies.[4]      Partly Free      Not Free
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This is one attempted measurement of democracy called the Polity IV data series. This map shows the data presented in the polity IV data series report as of 2003. The lightest countries get a perfect score of 10, while the darkest countries (Saudi Arabia and Qatar), considered the least democratic, score -10.

[[File:|thumb|350px|Democracy Index as published in January, 2007. The lightest blue countries get a score above 9.5 out of 10 (with Sweden being the most democratic country at 9.88). The black countries score below 2 (with North Korea being the least democratic at 1.03).]]

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Kinds of democracy

There are two kinds of democracy: Direct and indirect (also known as Representative democracy).

In direct democracies, everyone has the right to make laws together. One modern example of direct democracy is a referendum, which is the name for the kind of way to pass a law where everyone in the community votes on it. Direct democracies are not usually used to run countries, because it is hard to get millions of people to get together all the time to make laws and other decisions. There is not enough time.

In an indirect, or representative democracy, people choose representatives to make laws for them. These people can be mayors, councilmen, members of Parliament, or other government officials. This is a much more common kind of democracy. Large communities like cities and countries use this method, but it may not be needed for a small group.

History

Ancient origins

This kind of government was developed long ago by the ancient Greeks in the city of Athens. They had everyone who was a citizen (slaves, women, foreigners, and children could not vote) got together in one area. The Assembly would talk about what kinds of laws they wanted and voted on them. The Council would suggest the laws. In the Assembly, the participants are only the citizens. In the Council, they would pick them by draws(lot). The participants in the Council would change every year and the amount of people in the Council is at the most 500. The Greek citizens would pick a leader by writing the name of their favorite candidate on a piece of stone or wood. The person with the most votes became the leader.

Middle Ages

In the Middle Ages, there were many systems in which there were elections or assemblies, although only a few people could join in at this time. The Parliament of England began from the Magna Carta, a document which showed that the King's power was limited, and protected certain rights of the people. The first elected parliament was De Montfort's Parliament in England in 1625.

However, only a few people could actually join in. Parliament was chosen by only a few percent of the people (in 1780, less than 3% of people joined in).[5] The ruler also had the power to call parliaments. After a long time, the power of Parliament began to grow. After the Glorious Revolution in 1688, the English Bill of Rights made Parliament more powerful.[5] Later, the ruler became a symbol instead of having real power.[6]

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References

  1. "BBC - h2g2 - Demokratia - the Athenian Democracy". bbc.co.uk. http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A805952. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  2. "Democracy Conference". Innertemple.org.uk. http://www.innertemple.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=250&Itemid=198. 
  3. Casper, Gretchen, and Claudiu Tufis. 2003. "Correlation Versus Interchangeability: the Limited Robustness of Empirical Finding on Democracy Using Highly Correlated Data Sets." Political Analysis 11: 196-203
  4. freedomhouse.org: Methodology
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Exhibitions & Learning online | Citizenship | Struggle for democracy". The National Archives. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pathways/citizenship/rise_parliament/making_history_rise.htm. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  6. "Exhibitions & Learning online | Citizenship | Rise of Parliament". The National Archives. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pathways/citizenship/struggle_democracy/getting_vote.htm. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
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