[FoRK] Democracy not Democrazy, was: Re: When Democracy Failed (Why ESR is an "anarchist")

Jeff Bone jbone at place.org
Thu Jun 24 20:27:06 PDT 2010


On Jun 24, 2010, at 10:02 PM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:

> On 6/24/10 2:03 PM, Jeff Bone wrote:
>> Excellent points.
>> 
>>   http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/anarchist.html
>>   
> 
> That essay seems very shallow: It is certainly good to point out that the public voted in and endorsed all the precursors.  It is weak to disqualify a political system that has clearly worked better than most since inception because another, even if based on the first, fails to remain sane.  The German people of that period, and especially in the Bavarian area where the Nazi party took off, were hyper-religious, still traumatized by WWI, and clearly not stable or sane by any measure.  Easily manipulated and prone to group think and social coercion, they went for anything.  They are the classic case for the need for a culture to be strongly individual, suspicious, and diverse.
> 
> The US has certainly had pockets of such group think, such as lynchings in the South.  And we certainly had some mildly scary reminiscent-of-Nazi-like precursors during the Bush years.
> 
> The difference that makes a difference is having enough cultural and legal features and strengths, first amendment etc., to make an actual failure unlikely to happen or grow.  Which isn't to say that you don't wonder about some regions some of the time.
> 
> A well-designed form of government

Isn't a democracy, as democracy is code-on-the-fly.

A well-designed form of government is a constitutional republic.

jb




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