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    Is Democracy Dangerous?

    In another thread titled, "More Americans are Pro-Life than Pro-Choice", it occurred to me, as it often does, that Americans seem to believe that because a majority of people want a certain thing or are against a certain thing, that the government should give the people what they want.

    Yikes!

    A Constitutional Republic, which is what we really used to be, protected us from the majority and from the government. Now, it would seem, we have very little protection from either.
    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?

    If the rights of states had not been stripped by the Federal government. I think this eventual breakdown of our system would have taken longer.

    But yes democracy by itself is nothing but tyranny of the majority.


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    Re: Is Democracy Dangerous?

    Democracy is prone to abuse, but not dangerous in and of itself. Most good things are prone to some abuse, and people have to be aware and careful to watch out for that abuse.

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    Re: Is Democracy Dangerous?

    Democracy is dangerous....it is only slightly less dangerous than total anarchy.

    Curiously enough, it is only slightly less preferable than total anarchy as well.

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    Re: Is Democracy Dangerous?

    Quote Originally Posted by Burning Giraffe View Post
    In another thread titled, "More Americans are Pro-Life than Pro-Choice", it occurred to me, as it often does, that Americans seem to believe that because a majority of people want a certain thing or are against a certain thing, that the government should give the people what they want.

    Yikes!

    A Constitutional Republic, which is what we really used to be, protected us from the majority and from the government. Now, it would seem, we have very little protection from either.
    Even Hamilton and a few of the other Founders feared democracy and "mob rule" as they termed it many times in the Federalist Papers. That is why they advocated a federal system, they feared that like-minded mobs (the states) would attempt to force their will on those of another. This would have been for Virginia, the most populated at the time, to dictate laws to New York or face war. Thus, the Federal Republic was created in order to control the run away emotions of the masses. If one group pushes too far in the extreme, the collected body of states was to balance the behavior.

    And even Benjamin Franklin, when asked is this new nation a democracy or republic answered, "A republic, if you can keep it."

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    Re: Is Democracy Dangerous?

    Of course it is.
    Thats why he have a constitution -- to check the power of the majority.

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    Re: Is Democracy Dangerous?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Of course it is.
    Thats why he have a constitution -- to check the power of the majority.
    Could someone, for the love of God, remind our government that such a document exists?
    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
    Could someone, for the love of God, remind our government that such a document exists?
    Its pretty clear that our government isn't all that interested in being reminded of that, given that the large majority of what it does violates it to some degree or another.

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    Re: Is Democracy Dangerous?

    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. Without that check, it just becomes mob rule and the majority mob can do all sorts of unspeakable things to the minority mob.
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    Re: Is Democracy Dangerous?

    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?

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