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reply to post by okamitengu
Ancient Athens didn't work all that well if you study it. Pure democracy is always doomed once it climbs beyond a certain size. That's why we were intentionally designed to not have a pure democracy in the States.
Pure democracy is a tyranny of the majority where the majority can be bought and demagogued. This is what brought ancient Athens down.
And if you want to see what will bring us down, study the fall of the Roman Republic, the parallels between it and the States today are fascinating. Start about a generation prior to the rise of Caesar and go from there.
Can a democracy survive if the majority of its people pay little or no taxes while benefiting directly from a higher level of government spending?
It's the money.
In one word...
Where would the Government get it's money? Money just doesn't majically appear out of ATMs like young children think it does.
reply to post by RobFox
I don't recall ever hearing democracy worked to begin with...
so ya... doomed
Well we don't really have a true democracy here anyway. The corporations and certain individuals seem to be the ones who choose the candidates.
What you describe IS democracy, people voting to rob the treasury until there is nothing left. When the average IQ is 100, and they all vote, the result is what you see already.
It has been that way since the Revolution. For all of the bravdo about "freedoms" a certain collective of already wealthy individuals convinced poor men to fight their war. The paradigm shift was simply away from power in the hands of people with ancestral land grant titles exclusively to rule by and through accumulated wealth.
In order to even vote one had to be a LAND OWNING WHITE GUY. And even then you voted for a representative who may or may not be appointed to the position although elected by popular vote because, well, the rest of this old boy network didn't like them.
Wave your flags, quack your duck calls, but read up on the founding of this country and you will see how we got to where we are.