The site has recently been hacked. In an abundance of caution we have decided to completely reinstall our web site. As part of this process, we have migrated articles but not the user database or the user comments. Any accounts that were created before Tuesday 26 February 2019 will therefore have to be re-created.
Well, the new Democrasi.com site is finally up and running. We started today by migrating one of the old postings; eventually more of the earlier postings will be migrated here. If a posting was migrated without significant changes, we have tried to preserve the original timestamp. As always, comments and feedback are always welcome.
Take a look at the new book by B Regan Asher called Why the World Sucks and What We Can Do About It.
For democracy to work everyone has to understand what it means. Take the concept of equality. Democracy derives its power from the people: because no class or group has a monopoly on political power, democracy minimizes prejudicial behavior against a group. However, this equality does not mean that everyone should be treated the same. For… Read more »
It is no coincidence that many politicians are independently wealthy. Though politics does not necessarily pay poorly, it typically does not pay well, certainly not commensurate with the responsibility. So what motivates a politician to run for office if the pay is not great? One answer is power but another answer is financial self-interest. A… Read more »
Money can be a wonderful thing. It can provide nice things for us and for our loved ones. It can give us a better standard of living. But it can also buy legal clout and political power and that’s where democracies have failed. The whole idea of democracy is to keep government power out of… Read more »
For a democracy to work, citizens must believe that their vote means something and that the government they have elected is acting in their best interests. In other words, democracy is about trust. How can a citizen believe in the system if the system doesn’t make sense. This is not about politics, not about socialism… Read more »
Democracy is about the right of the electorate to control its country and this means its right to ensure fairness in all aspects of life. This posting is about the right of a democracy to limit the powers of monopolies. This is not really an economic discussion; it is a discussion about fairness and applies… Read more »
We all learned in school the basic legal precept that we are innocent until proven guilty. How then can someone be guilty until proven innocent in a democracy? Governments are elected by the people so what kind of electorate would vote in a government which would suspend such a basic individual right? The answer to… Read more »
If you were going to pick a name for a new country to be created from scratch, what would it be? It should be simple, elegant and unique. Here are a few possibilities that we thought of. Attica (historical region in Greece around Athens, the birthplace of democracy) Liberta (freedom in Italian) Democrazia (democracy in… Read more »