posted on Jul, 6 2014 @ 08:41 AM
What is the most fundamental features of democracy? It seems to me that in a Democracy, rule of the people, that there would need to be equal
authority for all. Otherwise, you don't have rule of the people. Rather, you have rule of SOME people over others. That's what we have in today's
Republics. We generally (across the world) have the elite ruling class who take our money and tell us what to do. We have the wealthy elite, the
commoner class, and also a few special protected classes, like the disabled, in various places. Perhaps the most fundamental feature of a democracy is
that there are no political classes... its a classless society.
In a democracy, perhaps you don't vote for leaders. That would create a leader class and a follower class with different levels of authority. Rather,
you have people who set examples and then others who follow those examples. That would be natural leadership.
How does a classful society work in practice? Right now the most protected class is the class is the police class. Despite that they are on average,
very strong, carry firearms at all times, and are specially trained to handle combat, they have the most laws against attacking them. On the other
hand, new-born babies, the class needing the most protection even more so than the elderly and disabled, have no extra laws making it a crime to
attack them. That is how people have chosen to set up the classes. That is not something I'm impressed by.
I think that "equal authority for all" is roughly the same thing as a classless society.
In a land of equal authority for all, how do you say "You're under arrest?". Everyone would have equal power to arrest one another if they do certain
acts. Everyone would have equal power to tax one another for certain purposes... I can't imagine that working well, and think all taxes would be
voluntary. Everyone would have equal authority to drag one another to court. I think that would end up being voluntary.
Democracy is rule by the people. Today's governments are rule by some people and not others. Politicians are the rulers in today's world. In a
Democracy, I'm a politician as much as the next guy. That sounds appealing to me.
edit on 6-7-2014 by wayforward because: (no reason