posted on Oct, 16 2016 @ 06:07 PM
How to find a democracy? The old idea of government is that a divine king rules with the authority of God. That divine government appoints a ruling
class to govern with different set of rules as the surfs. A new idea of government is that the government is by the people and for the people
according to the consent and instructions of the governed. That all people have equal rights including those in government and those with money.
But its not all or nothing. A king can quite easily defer to the people for most or all his decisions, and this has occurred many times in the past.
That would be a kingdom in name but a democracy in practice. And converse to that, a populace can delegate all its authority to a single family. That
would be democracy in name but kingdom in practice They can always put in power someone who has the same last name. Or as by an oligarchy, they can
place into power two families. So, what people consider a democracy can actually be more of an oligarchy if for example people from one of two
families are usually president.
So ask your neighbor, "Who is the leader of your people?". If they answer "my neighbors including myself", then you have a strong clue that you
live in a democracy. If they say, "my leader is a man in a large mansion 1,000 miles a way", that is a clue you do not live in a democracy.
There are different levels of consent and agreement. The weakest level is implied consent. Sometimes we have friends that will open our door without
knocking, maybe borrow a book without asking. We might be fine with it, or maybe mildly annoyed and not mention anything... a grudging consent. But,
if a stranger comes by, we always would expect a knock. So, for people we don't know, implied consent isn't acceptable. There is no implied consent
to people we don't know. For such occasions there is verbal agreement. With verbal agreement we can form contracts with neighbors and friends for an
exchange. They do something for us and we do something for them. We may get $20.00 as a boy in the neighborhood helping a neighbor with yard work.
That is fine for smaller matters, but for expensive ones or substantial matters we have written contracts, especially those with debt involved. A
worker will work for an employer for perhaps $100.00 per week. A contract is made. The more important the matter, the more there is a written
contract. Today's marriages are done under contract as well. What makes a contract legitimate is that it is understood and agreed to by both parties
as can be made evident by a signature by the people consenting. Furthermore, both parties have negotiating power in a real agreement. If I tell my son
he must clean his room or be punished, its a contract. Its an order, not a valid contract. And this would still be true even if I wrote him a contract
with a $2.00 reward for cleaning his room and had him sign it. He will sign what I tell to sign, and so the contract is not true. So how would I with
all my power show a contract with my son? It wouldn't be easy but it could be done if I asked him to write the contract with his friends help instead
of mine. This unequal power would still not well prove the legitimacy of the contract, but it would be reasonable to think the contract could be a
legitimate agreement. So, consent for important matters is defined by a signed written contract, where both parties have negotiating power.
Ask your neighbor, when you consented to your government, did you do so with a signed written contract? If you neighbor says yes, that is a strong
hint that you live in a democracy. Consent is the foundation of democracy, so a strong foundation is a strong consent. A non-existent foundation would
be implied consent among strangers. Ask your neighbor, when you consented to your government of which you and your neighbors are the leaders of that
government, did you participate in writing that contract? If they say yes, then you almost certainly live in a democracy.
Ask your neighbors, in what way have you personally changed your government over the past few years? If you were not around for the last years, what
would have failed to change in your government? If your neighbors tell you they have changed the government personally, they live in a democracy. In a
democracy the people change their government.
All these things collectively are the way to spot a democracy. I'm looking for a democracy. Where can I find one?