reply to post by benrl
Why do you think the push to always call the US a democracy? Change the word change the meaning.
Yea a Republic is ruled by laws, not by the mob.
A democracy, the mob makes the rules.
Change the meaning of words, change reality.
Mob rule is Ochlocracy
Ochlocracy (Greek: ὀχλοκρατία, okhlokratía; Latin:
ochlocratia) or mob rule is government by mob or a mass of people, or the intimidation of legitimate authorities. As a pejorative for majoritarianism,
it is akin to the Latin phrase mobile vulgus meaning "the fickle crowd", from which the English term "mob" was originally derived in the 1680s.
Ochlocracy ("rule of the general populace") is democracy ("rule of the people") spoiled by demagoguery, "tyranny of the majority", and the rule of
passion over reason, just like oligarchy ("rule of a few") is aristocracy ("rule of the best") spoiled by corruption, and tyranny is monarchy spoiled
by lack of virtue.
Whereas democracy (δημοκρατία) is defined as
"rule of the people", which was coined from δῆμος (dêmos)
"people" and κράτος (kratos) "power" or "rule".
I find it sad how oligarchies, plutocracies, aristocracies and ochlocracies called
themselves "democratic" and thus have given the word "democracy" the bitter taste of arbitrariness, mob rule and tyranny. This ochlocracy connotation
was once reserved for anarchy, when defined as "lawlessness" -- although ἀναρχία simply means (from ἀν an, "not, without" + ἀρχός
arkhos, "ruler") "absence of a leader", "without rulers".
By these very definitions, democracy is res publica
- rule of the sovereign of the consent by the entire
people on public matters.
However, as soon as the people are misinformed, their decisions and judgements are based on poor knowledge, such a democracy becomes ochlocratic and
prey to demagogues.
And just as monarchy can be perverted to despotism, and aristocracy to oligarchy, and democracy to ochlocracy, the "rule of law", nomocracy or
" of the republic is no less prone to corruption, as Tacitus pointed out in his Annals
Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges.
- The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government.
It is one of my favourite quotes.
Interestingly, the term Bureaucracy
was a satirical pejorative from the outset; and even Max
Weber, who defended it as the most efficient and rational way in which human activity can be organized, just like Kafka ("The Trial") saw it as a
threat to individual freedom, in which the increasing bureaucratization of human life traps individuals in an "iron cage" of rule-based, rational
And this is exactly what happened. The "Golden Rule
" in its simplest form consists of six words:
"Love your neighbor as yourself", in its less less simple form of twelve words: "What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others"; even Kants
more complicated categorical imperative
needs only 21 words: Act only according to
that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.
Would this not suffice as supreme law, could not every dispute judged accordingly?
No, because the effort to treat everyone equal and a world with ever increasing complexity resulted in a law industry so vast that the president of
the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers felt compelled to testify
that when the average citizen cannot figure out what is illegal,
"that is unfairness in its most basic form."
"We have become addicted to the use of criminal law as a blunt instrument to control social and economic behavior"
from OP). Note, these guys make money
by knowing the law better than the average citizen. Them complaining about too many laws is like oil firms complaining about too many cars. It's
The rule of law has become the tyranny of law: instead of protecting the people and their rights and freedoms, it has become a tool of oppression. The
sheer number of laws you can break without intention (Justice Jackson made "intention" the sine qua non
for liability) or knowledge forbids any
use of the word "republic" - "public matter" - in this context.
edit on 31-7-2013 by Akareyon because: (no reason given)