Tag Archives: Democracy

Democracy and elections

The United States is not a democracy. A population that’s free to pull the lever to the left or right is not necessarily a population that’s free to govern itself. And, while many Americans insist that democracy simply means free elections, we should remember that poor notions of “democracy” are symptomatic of non-democratic systems. In […]

Three ideas to limit government

E.D. Kain at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen wrote an intriguing post on steps we should take to the limit the ominous size and reach of our central government. E.D.’s idea is that we can make great strides by simply reforming the legislative process. He proposes requiring legislators read bills before voting on them, standardizing […]

The Iranian election & American hypocrisy

The results are in. The Western world’s boogeyman, Mr. Ahmadinejad of Iran, has won re-election by a score of 24,527,516 to 13,216,411. The United States, with democracy drooling from its lips, instantly barked about voting irregularities, even though evidence of fraud is, at the moment, nonexistent. Another bark came when Iran repressed some of the […]

Quote of the week

In a democracy, one could expect that politicians would be afraid to express a view that 70% of the citizens oppose. Yet here we have the exact opposite situation: no mainstream politician would dare express the view that 70% of Americans support; instead, the universal piety is the one that only a small minority accept. […]

Democracy, the 'Obama army' and change

Noam Chomsky recently spoke about the Miraculous Display of Democracy, a.k.a. our election of Barack Obama. I thought this passage was good food for thought: In Haiti, there was an election in 1990 which really was an extraordinary display of democracy much more so than this. In Haiti, there were grassroots movements, popular movements that […]

Bush likens 64% of Israelis to Nazi appeasers

President George W. Bush addressing the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem on Thursday, May 15, 2008: Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland […]

A lesson in democracy from Musharraf?

I never thought I would be saying this, but a small “Thank You” to Pervez Musharraf. “You have taken centuries in reaching wherever you have come,” Musharraf said. “Allow us time for going for the values that you have established for yourselves.” There are some severe problems in Pakistan in regards to human rights that […]