2011/12/07

Direct democracy: You do it wrong

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6 comments:

  1. What a profane video, now CA is an example of direct democracy gone wrong, the Swiss are better at it.

    If the people are the "source" of power in a government it would seem that they should have a way to overturn a law passed by the parliament (duma, congress, etc...). Yet I am no fan of direct democracy alone, too many laws to consider so that the average person would be lost in all the details and having to work to support themselves as well. Referendums can be more specific and not so detailed to allow better focus on the issue.

    I guess since I can't take a real poll on it; that it is taken by many as good governance that conflicts of interest should be avoided; members of a judiciary should not have a conflict of interest in cases they rule on. Representatives also should not have a conflict of interest either. Direct democracy is full of conflicts of interest, the farmers might pass a tax on mines to support farming or miners might pass a tax on farms to support mining and so on. You could have a constitution that puts limits on direct democracy (or any government), but constitutions can be amended. You could make a constitution that could not be amended, but isn't that forcing others to obey laws they can never change or never had any say in making?

    Virtue is what is most important, yet we all disagree on what is and isn't a virtue. Virtuocracy anyone?

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  2. That would be "Yer doin' it wron9". =)

    Fuckin' love John Burton. lol

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  3. Greek shows that representative democracy can go fiscally wrong as well.

    I like direct democracy for the big issues, but it needs to be done right. Human fallibility is at work everywhere, in every system.

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  4. constitutional monarchy.

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  5. S O can you give a youtube address as i cant access the video

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  6. http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-december-5-2011/california-s-direct-democracy-troubles

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