Three Punches for the People: #3 Third or New Parties

(Note: If you have already read my long essay State of the Revolution, you will find this piece largely redundant. This piece presents a certain portion of the former article for the logistic reasons of focused reading and a focused reference I and others can link to from other articles.)

Part one dealt with flooding the system with good people displacing the corrupt ones. Part two dealt with direct action. Part three deals with: Continue reading

Why Our U.S. Democracy is no Democracy (PS)

Democracy assumes (quite rightly) that power corrupts, at least in most cases, and leads to abuse. Democracy’s cure for this is to prevent the concentration of power by distributing it to as many people as possible. When they act in their self interest, the interests of the many, even of everybody, are taken care of — as opposed to only the interests of a few callous rulers.

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Why Democracy Requires an Educated Citizenry

Thomas Jefferson famously said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” In this he echoed the bad experiences the ancient Athenians had made with their democratic experiment. Here is a brief video summarizing Socrates’ thoughts on democracy:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Socrates Hated Democracy”)

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Introducing the Liberty Tree Foundation and its Democracy Conventions

I just came across this:

A NEW DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT

A new movement — a democracy movement — was born in the streets of Seattle on November 30, 1999. This movement’s early years were not easy. Pro-democracy organizers faced crisis after crisis: the stolen presidential elections of 2000 and 2004; the militarization of America that followed September 11th; the destruction of the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Katrina; the Supreme Court ruling that corporations wield constitutional rights to buy elections; and today, an economic crisis that is being used to impose fiscal austerity and corporatization schemes on our states and people.

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