Originally posted by LeSigh
Originally posted by ANOK
reply to post by purplemer
We have representative democracy that imo is not democracy at all. You are given a choice of candidates chosen for you. Once in power we have no say
on what they do, we have to simply put our trust in them. Of course this system can be easily manipulated.
Real democracy is direct-democracy.
Unlike the current “Representative Democracy” where elected representatives make decisions regardless of the wishes of their constituencies,
in Direct Democracy individuals vote on critical issues and their decisions are carried out by their elected representatives… Whether they like it
^Exactly. A true, direct democracy is a terrible thing to contemplate. I was just about to post something quite similar, but am glad I read your
post first. Thanks!
what?? no, he was advocating direct democracy, not condemning it.
as for the Franklin quote someone else posted, his comparison is false. it assumes that the majority would be the wolves, which plainly isn't the
case most of the time. in most cases the predator comes in the form of the elite, which is a minority. however, there are some cases, such as an
assumed guilty child predator, in which the minority are the sheep and the majority are the wolves. this is why most advocates of democracy, such as
myself, are also advocates of consensus decision making. this involves all opinions being heard until the discussion comes to some sort of compromise.
if a compromise is not reached in an allotted period, then the decision is referred to a vote, but again, all opinions have been heard and so now
people will be able to make a more unbiased judgment. this is far superior to the current system where only certain individuals have a say and, in
many cases, those individuals have a certain bias, hence the reason that corporations get away with so much today: they have the decision makers in
true, direct democracy can be defined as nothing other than freedom; it is in fact the essence of freedom.