Spotlight on fallacies in political discourse

This blog entry is related to the poll:What can we do to improve our democracy? (Total: 4 posts)
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This web site is mostly about politics. Also, we would like to welcome participants of any political persuasions. This obviously will bring about the worst in political discourse: disagreements that lead to arguments, name calling, and all kinds of fallacies usually found in political discourse.

I would like this web site to document all kinds of political fallacies, so that they can be properly recognized for what they are, and incite the future members to avoid them.

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The Right To Vote

Those who proclaim The Right To Vote is the keystone of democracy deceive us. The right to vote would be an essential element of democracy if the people could select the individuals they believe best able to solve public problems, but political parties have usurped that right. The parties decide what choices the people are allowed to make.

Those who control the political system often tell us it is a civic duty to vote? It's not, and it won't be until we are able to participate in deciding the people and issues on which we will vote.

Calling voting a civic duty is one of those gigantic myths foisted on the people by those who control the voting options. The purpose of this deceptive rhetoric is to make us feel guilty and force us to choose sides in a confrontational system, instead of seeking solutions that benefit everyone.

Actually, voting for a party's candidates is not evidence of free choice. Instead, it shows that we are slaves of the parties that have usurped our right to choose our own representatives in our government. The parties know that. as long as they control the options available to the voters, they control the laws enacted by our Congress.

Believing The Right To Vote is the keystone of democracy is a fallacy.

Two different issues

Tags:+Civic duty +Right to vote

There are two different issues that should be distinguished:
- the right to vote.
- the (mistaken) idea that voting in elections as they are currently organized matter.

After all, "Right to vote" could be, in your system, translated as the "Right to participate in the process whereby our public representatives are selected". In your system, absolutely every citizen (above a certain age??) would have such a right.

Now, if we talk about the way parties make us believe that "by voting in election organized as they currently are, then we've effectively voiced our opinion, that it matters and that we have made a difference". We both would disagree with that statement.

Right to Participate

I agree. The Right to Vote is a mere subset of the Right to Participate (in the political process). By itself, it signifies subjugation to those allowed to participate fully.

half-truths and lie

Tags:+Political discourse

I asked elsewhere the question:
What are the fundamental flaws in our society?
http://en.minguo.info/poll/13031_what_are_the_fundamental_flaws_in_our_s...

Someone replied:

The fundamental flaw in our society is a growing number of people, influenced by an elite minority, who are perpetuating half-truths and lies for the purpose of what was once referred to as vigilante justice.

I quite agree. The degradation of political discourse has reached very destructive levels. Apparently, very many people feel this way. Whatever people's political leanings (right/left/conservative/progressive/etc), it's gotten impossible to have a sane discussion on public policy.
I hope that together we can promote an alternative to approaching political discourse and discussion on public policy.