posted on Jan, 8 2004 @ 05:12 AM
True, Benjj, and a good point. This debate is not about democracy in practice. However, we may point to it as proof, quiaff?
Indeed, democracy may give your your rights- but will it put food in your stomach? Will your freedom lend your currency strength? No. However, behold
communism and fascism- both regarded as barbaric and synominous with evil due to the actions of a few lunatics. Are we to brand them as such due to
the atrocities of the few?
In both cases, fascism and communism look amazing on paper. Once again, paper is not indicative of reality. democracy proves to be an impractical
proposition, promising much but with little to back it. It has been tried again and again across the centuries as a form of government. When will we
learn that it simply is not a proper form of government? When will we learn our lesson? The greek city-states fell to the Spartans, then to teh tyrant
Alexander. Thousands of years, thousands of tries, yet no results.
Yes, civil liberties are all fine and well, as is a little aid in development. But why should the people settle for half measures when a good, strong,
decisive leader will lead them into teh next century and beyond? We rarely hear of Plato's failed experiment in Democracy, instead of the glory of
Pax Romana. Let the past finally teach us our lesson.