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Comparative Democracy - One person's lack of compassion does not equal another's comfort.
One person's lack of comprehension does not equal another's consent.
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Comparative Democracy
At least that's what I'm calling it. Lifted from morgtheborg

"High up on my list of annoyances are references to the United States as a democracy and the suggestion that Iraq should become a democracy... I can't think of a worse place to have a democracy—majority rule. Iraq needs a republic like that envisioned by our founders—decentralized and limited government power. In a republican form of government, there is rule of law. All citizens, including government officials, are accountable to the same laws. Government intervenes in civil society to protect its citizens against force and fraud but does not intervene in the cases of peaceable, voluntary exchange. Democracy, what the Bush administration calls for, is different. In a democracy, the majority rules either directly or through its elected representatives. The law is whatever the government determines it to be. Laws aren't necessarily based upon reason but power. In other words, democracy is just another form of tyranny—tyranny of the majority." —Walter Williams

Given the many subgroups that make up Iraq, I would have to agree. I would also agree that the situation we have in the US where parties of special interests (such as conservative Christians) can simply outnumber those whose lives they would like to control, simply converting or outbreeding the opposition and voting for politicians supporting their intolerance.

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