What is pure democracy?

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  1. Dogbrain

    Dogbrain New Member

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    Pure democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting over what to have for lunch. There must always be some sort of institutional limit upon the power of government, including "democratic" government.

    When government fears the people, there is liberty.
    When people fear the government, there is slavery.
     
  2. Quahom1

    Quahom1 What was the question?

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    In a small town, it is logical for majority rule, in a large country, the insanity would be called mob rule.

    Pure democracy works best in a Kibutz.
     
  3. Dogbrain

    Dogbrain New Member

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    And if the Kibbutzim decide to democratically perform murder? In a pure democracy, there is NO APPEAL to any authority other than the "democratic" body that made the decision in the first place. If there is any possibility of appeal to another authority, it is no longer a pure democracy but an institutionally limited democracy.
     
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    wil UNeyeR1 Moderator

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    There is always a higher authority is there not?

    I mean is a Dictator the supreme ruler? Not after an internal coup...or how about we ask Sadam?

    Pure Democracy is Evil
     
  5. Dogbrain

    Dogbrain New Member

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    Not if there's a one-world government! And that's what we're all "supposed" to long for, aren't we?
     
  6. Quahom1

    Quahom1 What was the question?

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    Then it is still a pure democracy. Majority rules. Decision is final. One person, one vote, fiftyone percent is the majority. Of course one would have to be certain there were an odd number of people voting, or there could be a deadlock, resulting in more complicated (less pure) exceptions to the democratic rule that would mean the beginnings of a convoluted democracy, or God forbid, a republic, based on democratic representation...
     
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    wil UNeyeR1 Moderator

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    So natural laws don't overrule the majority decision?

    an internal coup couldn't take over?

    the aliens can't invade and rule us all?

    I believe we are one long way off from a one world gov't...
     
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    seattlegal Mercur├Žn Buddhist

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    Respect for the rights of the voting minority are key to a successful democracy--avoiding a "mobacracy," and respecting natural law.
     
  9. Quahom1

    Quahom1 What was the question?

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    That is called common courtesy, and can not apply in a pure democracy. Pure democracy is the will of the majority, and is extremely dangerous.
     
  10. Dogbrain

    Dogbrain New Member

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    And the majority CAN NEVER BE WRONG!!!

    Murder a minority, rape the women of a minority, take all their property? It's VIRTUOUS AND GOOD, because the MAJORITY wants it!

    Pure democracy is, as I said before, two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner.
     
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    Ah, but such "respect" MUST ONLY BE OPTIONAL in a pure democracy. If there is any restriction, whatsoever, on what the majority can rule, then the democracy ceases to be pure. Pure democracy:

    50% plus 1 vote can decide anything and everything, without limit.
     
  12. Quahom1

    Quahom1 What was the question?

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    Lose the insanity DB. I simply answered your question about what a pure democracy is. Nothing to do with human corruption.

    sheesh!
     

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