Democracy Propaganda

Justin Page Wood
Aug 30, 2009 at 1:06 AM

The federal government tirelessly claims Democracy as the foundation of American government.  Wrong!


To tthe anonymous "right-wing retard" comment:

Do you think it's a waste of breathe to make the point?  It's really a matter of definitions. Most people think of a Democracy as being "Everyone gets a vote" - which always sounds good because it makes it feel like everyone's opinion is counted. 

Most people do not know what a Republc is, even though the Constitution is founded much more heavily on "republican" (lower-case) principles - That everyone's rights are protected from the majority.

It's the same issue with Capitalism. Most people view capitalism as an evil system based on accumulation of wealth at all costs, against social, environmental, and political boundaries, and without regard to private property.    In effect, the meaning of the word "capitalism" has changed by connotation. It's definition from roughly one hundred years ago is quite different.

So has the word "democracy" changed, at least by the average person's definition of democracy.

Has anyone here been to the National Archives in DC? All over the place it says "Democracy starts here."  It's where the Bill or Rights, Articles of Confederation, Constitution, and Declaration of Independence are kept!  And it's a federally-run establishment.  And it's completely a false interpretation of how our government is supposed to run, according to the Constitution. The closest thing we are "supposed" to have is a representative democracy.

So, "America is supposed to be republic" I think is correct.  It's supposed to be, but the way Congress works these days, you are right, it has turned into a Democracy - where the Majority of Congressional votes owns the Minority.  If there is no standard for voting (i.e. Article 1 section 8 and 9 of the Constittution) then a Republic does not exist, and a Democracy takes over.

And with a President that can declare Executive Orders without checks and balances is a hint of Monarchy as well.

The point is to remind people the Definitions of words.  No one knows what you're really talking about unless we clearly define: a Republic, a Monarchy, Democracy, Socialism, Capitalism, Corporatism, and the like...

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True that,

You are right. A Republic is a system without a Monarchy.   

I think when libertarians say "Republic" or when Ben Franklin said "what system do we have" I think we imply a "Constitutional Republic"  which is a system designed to keep power out of the hands of a majority and protect the individual's rights, such as the three branches of government system. So, you are right, it is a fallacy to say we have a "Republic."

Also, in Capitalism, I don't understand how you jump from step 2 to 3.   From my understanding, a lot of big businesses continue to exist because of collusion with government.  A small but important example: big businesses have lobbied government to pass the Federal Law, the "American with Disabilities Act," passed about 2 decades ago. And ADA requirements  have slowly become more strict over the years. They require all businesses (big and small) to meet certain construction standards to permit disabled persons to access their building, arguing that it is the humanitarian thing to do. 

Big business can easily comply with these standards because it is a small number of their overall costs, while small businesses might spend 20% of their start-up costs trying to comply with ADA, sometimes making it impossible for a small business to open at all (A small 1000 SF business would need spend about 200 SF of space to comply with ADA alone in ramps, bathrooms, counter heights, etc).   These regulations greatly favor bigger businesse  over smaller ones.  

I think reasons like this are how "2" jumps to "3" in your example.

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