|Comments on Tuesday 23 December 2003:|
|Aha, dictionaries have updated the definition of democracy, so I can stop being annoyed when America does things in the name of democracy rather than in the name of 'elective oligarchy' or 'representative democracy'. But now what word is one supposed to use to describe a system of government in which votes actually affect decisions, rather than just changing who makes the decisions? Maybe we can call that "old school democracy".|
So, time for mental linguistic adjustments.
1. Democracy no longer necessarily means that minority opinion is suppressed, though in practice it still mostly does.
2. Democracy now also means that majority opinion is also suppressed.
3. The etymology, essentially 'people government', must now be considered to suggest government of the people, rather than by the people.
Democracy: Forcibly introducing American-style government wherever possible. Brain update complete. [00:48]
|Yay, American hegemony!|
Our system of government is terrible; the only good that occasionally comes of it is preventing certain intelligent but evil men from being able to push much through the complex bureaucratic structure.
|Are you kidding? The aforementioned men simply appoint anyone they want and make sure that any opposition has a hell of a time getting anything done until said opposition just gives in, allowed the aforementioned men to do whatever they damn well please.|
It's really no wonder that Humboldt seceded, is it?
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