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Thread: Is Democracy Dangerous?

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    Re: Is Democracy Dangerous?

    Quote Originally Posted by Psychoclown View Post
    Democracy certainly can be dangerous. Hitler rose to power through perfectly legal channels in the democratic nation.

    I think democracy is dangerous and ripe to fail when the population doesn't have solid belief in the sacredness of the inalienable rights of all citizens.
    Part of the problem is that an ever-growing part of the population sees government as a means to obtain things that they dont need to work for. Once this happens, a democracy is doomed.

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    Re: Is Democracy Dangerous?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I have a question, because I think I may have misunderstood the poll. Do you mean Democracy as the type of government, or democracy as in majority rule?
    Democracy, as a form of government, is predicated upon the principle of majority rule. However, I do not mean pure democracy, where all the people are legislators.
    There is nothing more dangerous to the liberty of Man than a Government or a Religion seizing upon the strings of an overdeveloped herd instinct amongst the people.

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    Re: Is Democracy Dangerous?

    Democracy does not really exist anywhere.

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    Re: Is Democracy Dangerous?

    Quote Originally Posted by Burning Giraffe View Post
    Democracy, as a form of government, is predicated upon the principle of majority rule. However, I do not mean pure democracy, where all the people are legislators.
    democracy as it is in the US today is not inherantly dangerous in and of itself. It can do dangerous things if we are not vigilant, but of itself, it is not dangerous.

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    Re: Is Democracy Dangerous?

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    Democracy does not really exist anywhere.
    Are you being literal, or are you implying that the will of the people is merely used to achieve some kind of elitist agenda?
    There is nothing more dangerous to the liberty of Man than a Government or a Religion seizing upon the strings of an overdeveloped herd instinct amongst the people.

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    Re: Is Democracy Dangerous?

    Quote Originally Posted by Burning Giraffe View Post
    Are you being literal, or are you implying that the will of the people is merely used to achieve some kind of elitist agenda?
    Never mind that the statement is irrelevant to the topic.

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    Re: Is Democracy Dangerous?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    democracy as it is in the US today is not inherantly dangerous in and of itself. It can do dangerous things if we are not vigilant, but of itself, it is not dangerous.
    Do you feel a Democratic Republic is preferable to a Constitutional Republic, or do you feel that our current mixture, this conglomeration if you will, of Democratic and Constitutional principles makes for an ideal State?
    There is nothing more dangerous to the liberty of Man than a Government or a Religion seizing upon the strings of an overdeveloped herd instinct amongst the people.

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    Re: Is Democracy Dangerous?

    Quote Originally Posted by Burning Giraffe View Post
    Do you feel a Democratic Republic is preferable to a Constitutional Republic, or do you feel that our current mixture, this conglomeration if you will, of Democratic and Constitutional principles makes for an ideal State?
    There is no ideal state, and let me get back to you on the rest. I want to be sure of definitions before I answer.

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    Re: Is Democracy Dangerous?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    democracy as it is in the US today is not inherantly dangerous in and of itself. It can do dangerous things if we are not vigilant, but of itself, it is not dangerous.
    Yes... but this is several qualifications away from the statement that democracy itself is not dangerous.

    Its LESS dangerous here because we, as a people, have agreed that there are certain limits on democracy that cannot be violated -- that the government shall have only limited, specified powers, and that, beyond that, some things are outside the boundaries of what the government can do.

    Both of these concepts have been tested for the last 70 years or so,more and more so as time went on, with the result moving closer and closer to the side of an unrestrained 'majority rules'.
    Last edited by Goobieman; 05-19-09 at 02:02 PM.

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    Re: Is Democracy Dangerous?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    There is no ideal state, and let me get back to you on the rest. I want to be sure of definitions before I answer.
    By "ideal", I mean "preferable".
    There is nothing more dangerous to the liberty of Man than a Government or a Religion seizing upon the strings of an overdeveloped herd instinct amongst the people.

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