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"The Frailty of Democracy."

Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 4:06 pm
by Welles
I think most of us feel that Democracy has the best potential for expressing the social needs of a collection of individuals. While the form is widely adopted here on Earth it is very often subverted for the benefit of a few. Today's 11:11 Progress Group Message specifically addresses this issue and I hope to ensure that a few more people read it by adding this post.

"The Frailty of Democracy." — from Samuel of Panoptia, recieved by George Barnard ... -democracy


Re: "The Frailty of Democracy."

Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:38 am
by Geoff
Hi Welles,

I read that to indicate we have already lost the plot in most "democratic" countries. The question is how "we" the people can wrest back power from those that now wield it. I don't believe they will give up easily.


Re: "The Frailty of Democracy."

Posted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 6:51 am
by rogerkrupa
The problem with democracy is that it hardly exists. Special interests and elite agendas hold most of the power and public opinion has little effect. Closed door fundraisers are not held to benefit the common interest. Only when the people awaken and demand recognition will democracy become possible. :duh

Re: "The Frailty of Democracy."

Posted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 5:06 pm
by Welles
Oh hi, Roger.

I just read your sig...

"We don't inherit the world from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children."

Great line. It reminded me of this tune...


Re: "The Frailty of Democracy."

Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 8:18 pm
by Amigoo
:idea: Re: recent U.S. Supreme Court decision supporting gay marriage.

Some legal cases in complex societies might be so difficult to decide in the highest court that "arbitration" should be mandatory if the original descision is not significantly unanimous (e.g., at least 6/3 of 9 justices).

For evolution of this concept, the justices themselves might decide before deliberations whether or not to activate the arbitration mandate for the case. The ultimate goal of such arbitration would be to convince society that a non-significantly-unanimous decision is well-deliberated, reasoned, and just.