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shit stain wrote:
The closets thing to a true Democracy was in the Greek city states in the BC's of our time.

No democracy even runs close to what the original ideals of a democracy are/were.

the best argument against democracy and statism, in general. the athenian polis was only "successful" (if you call an unstable, war-driven oligarchy "succesful") because the work required to maintain the government- meetings, etc.- were done by wealthy men (the only people able to participate in government) while their slaves handled the toil of everyday life and their wives (who were very much considered chattel) lingered in silence and oppression.
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I'm from switzerland. Country of the total absence of any politic opinion or action. and of the bad banks. and chocolate, watches, whatsoever.
Post Sun Jan 05, 2003 4:51 pm
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To get back to the original post, democracy is not the repression of the minority. That is the case only with a two-party political system. If there were more parties in the USA which would represent the interests of more people, then it would be more difficult for any one party to get 50% of the votes.

An example: let's assume a country has 5 political parties. Party A wins the election with 40% of the votes, Party B is the official opposition with 30%, Party C picks up a healthy 15%, the remaining two parties split the remaining 15%. Party A will have to cater to the demands of the parties that didn't win the election because they still control whether or not anything gets passed, so both sides continue to work at things until they are happy with every bill.

It's a very rough example, but you get the idea. I, for one, do not believe that a two-party system is a true democracy.
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I think you are getting near the proble, but it is not a matter of parties. it is a matter of the system. We have a plurality system. This ALWAYS becomes a two-party system. Nothing else makes sense.

If you want more parties (which I agree would be better) you want a Majoritarian system (like what France or Germany has)
Post Sun Jan 05, 2003 7:09 pm
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