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Democracy: Is this the best we have?
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Posted 2/7/07
I have an inquiry as to whether Democracy (as is defined in North America) is the best political governanace system that humankind can offer the world. Can this form of Democracy be applied in the Middle East, China, or North Korea? What say you?
Posted 2/7/07
I find your avatar offensive . Pot leaves are not " cool ".

America Does not have a democracy, we have a total representative government .
Sure , we elect the officials that represent us, but thats not democracy.

In a true Democracy , the people vote on everything , the government just puts it in action.
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and your gelatinous flab you call a belly is not 'funny'
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cbisram wrote:

and your gelatinous flab you call a belly is not 'funny'


Just be glad i shaved it before taking that picture.
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whateva's there is prob near the best that we can hope for.

at the moment it's not the system's that's at fault, it's the people.
the voters, who don't even really vote, are moslty ignorant and just stupid.
and the politicians: some of them make the situation worse.

it's about the individuals implementing the governing and those being governed. it's the people that makes the system.
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Posted 2/7/07
I like Democracy ! Not Communism
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please elaborate, are you referring to China or North Korea as is the present avatar for communism?
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On paper, Communism is a great system. The problem is that humans are to corrupt to work harmoniously as would be needed for Communism to work.
Democracy caters to our human imperfections which is why it is so successful.

Edit: The problem with transferring our system of government (Democracy) over to other countries is that they all have different cultures. A slightly different system would have to be made for each country to cater to their beliefs, or these countries would have to adapt to our own form of government.
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This is a serious topic so don't spam.
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Posted 2/7/07
Hmm I'm gonna re-edit my post. I meant to say the problem with transferring Democracy.
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Who here is complaining dimus? I'm inquiring whether North American democracy can be applied to the Middle East or China, etc. Why all this over emphasis on communism, is this the only other political system that is known? What about parliamentary democracy, or the Platonian philospher kings?

It seems this is a topic fated to be plagued by ignorance. I will let my curiousity die away and pose no more such questions on this forum due to lack of user interest and/or knowledge.
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Posted 3/24/07
Honestly I don't understand why great discussions like these are always lost in the forums due to lack of user interest...

Of course democracy has its faults. The government has its problems with certain areas, but it is the best we have for right now. I think the best reason why democracy cannot be moved over to the Middle East and China is because of its distrust of Western ideals. China has always had problems with influence from outside countries and has developed a sort of dislike to its influences. That's how it fell behind other European countries. It was only forced to change because it was profitable at the time.

Many reasons for this mistrust was also because of the Cold War in my opinion. Many political battles were fought over the Asian and Middle Eastern countries with Russia. In Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh even wrote a document to the US to help establish democracy. However the government brushed them aside and Ho Chi Minh moved on to communism. The US established Diem then who was just a puppet that was using Vietnam for his own personal reasons.

In the Middle East, the rivalry between the Shah and Ayatollah caused the split between Islamic and Western ideals. The Middle East had long lasting Islamic empires until the Shah was placed in control. Once Western influence began to reject long standing values, people started to revolt. Thus people have a certain dislike toward our input.

Wow that went a bit off topic I think..
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Posted 3/24/07
Technically a true democracy every person has to be involved with every vote, it is impossible for a large country. I was taught we have a "representative democracy."

"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried." ~Winston Churchill
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Posted 3/24/07
Well there is no true democracy. We honestly can't achieve that and it's been addressed by Emerson and Thoreau in their essays. It's the best thing so far but I'm liking the ideas of no government at all that they bring up. The classic line from Thoreau "The best government is no government."
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Posted 3/24/07
I prefer calling the US a constitutional republic. Notruthinaworld... covered some aspects above, so about the socialist thing, yes we do have some socialist aspects, such as welfare.

"Democracy" taken broadly and generally however does capture the aspect of our system in that the people rule in a sense through votes.

BTW lol @ first 4 posts.
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