[OT] Are we a democracy or a republic?

Lonnie Olson fungus at aros.net
Fri Sep 2 14:25:13 MDT 2005

On Sep 2, 2005, at 1:21 PM, Stephen B. Saunders wrote:
> Socialism is country-level communism without the lust for world  
> domination.
> Contrast socialism with capitalism - it's the opposite of a free  
> market (don't
> contrast it with the US because there isn't much free left to our  
> market)
> Socialism is advertized as collectivist (sound close to democracy?  
> - government
> by the people) but in practice results in government by the few  
> (just like
> democracy) ... an oligarchy or a dictatorship  ... totalitarianism.

This problem is not unique to socialism.  Nor does it have to be the  
result of socialism.  Socialism can work well if given a good  

> Democracy doesn't last.  It's bad enough that we turned our  
> government into a
> democracy but it's even worse that we've tried to do the same to  
> others (sound
> like communism? - forcing our form of government on others).

No form of government is perfect.  Currently the US has a fairly good  
balanced mix of capitalism and socialism.  Certainly there is room  
for improvement, however this mix seems to be the one that works the  
best so far.

<opinion flamesuit="true">
I do see that this great system is in danger of spiraling into  
dictatorship.  I see new laws all the time reducing our freedom all  
the time (Patriot Act, DMCA, etc).  Somehow the people's apathy is  
allowing big business and the power elite to control the direction of  
our government.  This is especially evident now, with their puppet in  
the White House.

I encourage all people to take action in your government.  That  
includes all levels, especially local, county, and state.  Apathy is  
our country's greatest danger.


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