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    Re: Is Democracy Antithetical to 'Terrorism'

    I chose the second poll option.

    IMO, it's all a matter of opinion.

    With the knowledge we have now (that is, if you support a democratic republic as the best governing method so far created), it would seem likely that if some theocratic authoritative space aliens decided to conquer earth, there would be some terrorism (or what would be called such by the space aliens) done by those who believed in a democratic republic.
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    Re: Is Democracy Antithetical to 'Terrorism'

    Terrorism is simply the methodology used by angry people who don't have an army to cause destruction with. Functional democracies are less likely to have angry people and more likely to have armies, but terrorism is still quite possible depending on circumstances.

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    Re: Is Democracy Antithetical to 'Terrorism'

    Terrorism, and more broadly insurgency, is simply a tactic which is often forced upon those parties who for whatever reason cannot face their enemy in conventional warfare, most likely because if they tried they'd be destroyed. What makes a person evil is not that they are an insurgent, its the reason behind their insurgency.

    For example during the American War of Independence, some US forces operated in many ways extremely similar to the enemies today in Afghanistan or Iraq. Simply because if these militiamen would fight in the conventional way they'd of surely lost, so they raided convoys, ambushed British than ran off, hid among the people and in the cities, didn't wear uniforms, etc..

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    Re: Is Democracy Antithetical to 'Terrorism'

    Democracy is merely a form of government. It is not inherently packaged with any specific ideology.

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    Re: Is Democracy Antithetical to 'Terrorism'

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    Democracy is merely a form of government. It is not inherently packaged with any specific ideology.
    Really?

    Would you agree with this quote from James Madison (father of the US Constitution) from Federalist No. 10, November 23, 1787:

    Democracy is the most vile form of government... democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention: have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property: and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.
    I happen to detect much "ideology" in Mr. Madison's statement!

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    Re: Is Democracy Antithetical to 'Terrorism'

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    Is democracy anti-thetical to terrorism?

    Vague, yes, but that leaves lots of room for discussion
    Historically speaking, Democratic governments tend to reduce domestic causes of terrorism by providing peacefull (read non-violent) avenues for change.
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    Sterotypes are mostly based on truths.

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    Re: Is Democracy Antithetical to 'Terrorism'

    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    Historically speaking, Democratic governments tend to reduce domestic causes of terrorism by providing peacefull (read non-violent) avenues for change.
    Disagree ... a posse is more representative of "Democracy" (mob rule) in action our Founder's happened to despise. But, the Republic ideal comes into play when the Sheriff shows up.

    A realistic study of Athens is one of failure ... and they illustrated that fact. We can overlook paganism and conquest as idealistic features of their culture, but the underlying historical fact demonstrates an empire of democratic failure!

    How does say, 1 million people have an equal voice without anarchy?

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    Re: Is Democracy Antithetical to 'Terrorism'

    Quote Originally Posted by getagrip View Post
    Would you agree with this quote from James Madison (father of the US Constitution) from Federalist No. 10, November 23, 1787:
    Yes, I would. But it's not democracy at fault for the spectacles of turbulence; it is the petty resentments of the unwashed masses that lead to democracy's self-destruction. Democracy only grants those resentments a voice and the air of legitimacy. Any form of government that gives the common people any real level of control is going to suffer because the common people are, on the whole, very stupid animals.

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    Re: Is Democracy Antithetical to 'Terrorism'

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    Yes, I would. But it's not democracy at fault for the spectacles of turbulence; it is the petty resentments of the unwashed masses that lead to democracy's self-destruction. Democracy only grants those resentments a voice and the air of legitimacy. Any form of government that gives the common people any real level of control is going to suffer because the common people are, on the whole, very stupid animals.
    Agree/Disagree

    Yes, the ideology of "Democracy" is at fault. Are you aware of massive voter ignorance that compute Democracy as Democratic Party? (I don't have time to elucidate)

    You are correct on your latter premise of the "sheeple" concept in present day, but do you admit that individual freedom (as our Founder's espoused), is unacheivable? If so, explain our Declaration & Constitutional victory that enabled individual responsibility and dissolution from the British Empire. That happens to be the key!

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    Re: Is Democracy Antithetical to 'Terrorism'

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    Is democracy anti-thetical to terrorism?

    Vague, yes, but that leaves lots of room for discussion
    Wasn't America founded by a group of terrorists?

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