Thursday, 26 June 2008

America is a ...

Historian Scott Powell makes a worthwhile point:

In my view, anyone that uses the term “democracy” to describe America is so ignorant as to be criminally negligent of history.

Discuss.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous richard mcgrath said...

As anyone who has studied the American system knows, the United States is a constitutional republic. Democracy offers no protection for individual rights; it doesn't prevent Big Government.

26 Jun 2008, 09:48:00  
Anonymous JC said...

Someone should remind the activist courts over there of that small fact.

JC

26 Jun 2008, 11:10:00  
Anonymous hanso said...

I take it a step further, and say that democracy has no worth beyond it's potentcy in protecting freedom and rights.

I would happily have a government composed solely of hereditary aristocrats, provided that they defended my rights to life, liberty, and property; and did not infringe upon those rights themselves.

Of course, hereditary aristocrats have a tendancy to have little concern for rights. Representative democracy remains the most efficient system for maintaining freedom (that is not to say a better system shall not be invented in the future).

26 Jun 2008, 17:24:00  
Anonymous Falafulu Fisi said...

America is the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.

Long live George Bush and all the incoming future presidents.

26 Jun 2008, 19:15:00  
Anonymous LGM said...

Hanso

"Representative democracy remains the most efficient system for maintaining freedom"

That's not correct. Representive democracy is not a good system for the defense of individual rights or freedom. It is certainly far from "efficient" in achieving those aims. Usually it achieves the opposite of freedom by gradual steps and a steady erosion of individual rights. Look around.

A properly constructed constitutional republic is superior. That system was invented long ago. As you point out, it matters not whether the people vote or government is hereditary so long as individual rights are protected.

LGM

27 Jun 2008, 06:43:00  
Anonymous not pc said...

LGM

Sorry for my miswording. When I said Representative democracy, I thought rule of law would be assumed.

A rule of law meritocracy would be best in my opinion, but I have never seen a way to accurately measure merit.

27 Jun 2008, 08:05:00  
Anonymous hanso said...

LOL !

I wrote not pc instead of Hanso. Silly me!

27 Jun 2008, 08:06:00  

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