Democracy

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Democracy

Definitions

A Republic, if You Can Keep It . . .:

Our Constitution created a limited representative republic. A republic is different from a democracy. In a democracy, the majority can directly make laws, while in a republic, elected representatives make laws. Basically, in a pure democracy, the majority has unlimited power, whereas in a republic, a written constitution limits the majority and provides safeguards for the individual and minorities.

PoMo Study notes 1

PoMo = Postmodernism - the Hip Slang version

So I have started to wade into the question: "what is postmodernism" and "how does postmodernist thought impact democratic institutions". Wanted to start by testing the water with only my big toe and was immediately sucked in over my head. But thus begins the first lesson - - - - -

Do party donations undermine representative democracy?

Yes, I think "party donations undermine representative democracy". It would be incredibly naive to think otherwise. Those who engineered the rise of party politics in America's early days had the wit to maintain the forms of democracy while making sure the result was a pseudo-democracy rather than a real one. They publicized, indeed ballyhooed, the people's right to vote, but made sure they could only vote on choices made by the parties. The people were given no voice in the selection of their representatives or in the operation of their government.

People say democracy has failed, what is your alternative?

[The question was accompanied by this explanation: A lot of people believe that events like Brexit prove that democratic system is broken and provide examples of Athens executing Socrates, Election of Hitler etc, saying that old/uneducated/white/conservative people shouldn't have the right to vote. What exactly do they offer instead of status quo?]

What is your ideal economic and political system and why?

Political System

The best form of government is democracy, but not the party-controlled system we endure right now. Democracy will be the best form of government when every member of the community is able to participate in the political process to the full extent of each individual's desire and ability.

Democracy and Decision-Making

Defining 'Democracy'

Democracy means:
1) Universal direct democracy has highest authority. (For example, a global referendum would trump a continental referendum.)
2) All adult organisms advanced enough to comprise soul consciousness get to vote.

The purpose of democracy is to give the public more of what they like and less of what they hate. Democracy is the manifestation of the will of the public.

Decision-Making Methods

Is the U. S. a true democratic country?

I take this question to mean, "Is the U. S. governed, as Abraham Lincoln famously said, by the people?". I will answer from that point of view. It is a vexing question because reality differs from perception.

Democracy and Decision-Making (1)

Defining 'Democracy'

Democracy means:
1) Universal direct democracy has highest authority.
2) All adult organisms advanced enough to comprise soul consciousness get to vote.

The purpose of democracy is to give the public more of what they like and less of what they hate. Democracy is the manifestation of the will of the public.

Decision-Making Methods

Emocracy and Expressive Verse

Emocracy is a variant of Score Voting. The differences are thus:

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