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International Day of Democracy!

World  (tags: Democracy, Peace )

- 1863 days ago -
Democracy is a universal value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and their full participation in all aspects of their lives...


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Ben O (140)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 5:13 am
Democracy NOW!

Ben O (140)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 5:31 am
"Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely.
The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education"
(Franklin D. Roosevelt)

Ben O (140)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 5:39 am
"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country"
(Kurt Vonnegut)

Iona Kentwell (129)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 6:15 am
I didn't even know that today was International Day of Democracy. Thanks Ben.

Animae C (507)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 6:16 am
Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy,
and the most aggravated form of tyranny & slavery out of the most extreme liberty.

Frances Darcy (124)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 6:33 am
Didn't know...

Kit B (276)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 6:39 am

Democracy is concept given a single word for description. It it best when not modeled on the ideas of another country, but on the desires of each individual group of people. Democracy is more than an idea of governing, it holds within the burning hope and desires for billions of people for thousands of years. The hope, the desire for freedom.

Plato's concepts of democracy were limited and calculated to dismiss all forms of human freedom. He describes democracy as; Oligarchy then degenerates into democracy where freedom is the supreme good but freedom is also slavery. In democracy, the lower class grows bigger and bigger. The poor become the winners. Diversity is supreme. People are free to do what they want and live how they want. People can even break the law if they so chose. This appears to be very similar to anarchy.

If there is no agreed set of laws, limits that do require each of us to respect the limits, then perhaps Plato's extremes run true. We are in the most fortunate position to observe the failures of the past and to make course corrections for the future.

Jonathan Smithsonian (3)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 6:51 am

Ben O (140)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 9:44 am
Thanks Folks. What is democracy? Well, if You ask me I'd say that in a democratic country we don't ban books. We have freedom of expression. We have Human Rights. We desire equality, justice, freedom, peace...
But, we must never take democracy for granted!

Ben O (140)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 9:46 am
BTW; -In countries like North Korea we can learn about the opposite to democracy...

Ben O (140)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 9:50 am
Here's an article from
There seems to be a great confusion what the word Democracy means. In spite of the fact that at least in some parts of the world one can hear it from the media every day.
Democracy by definition means the government by people. That means that all the people should be able to have their say in one way another in everything that affects their lives. Dictionaries usually say that this right can either be exercised directly (by every member of a community having the possibility to enter personally, without mediators, his position on a particular issue into the decision making process - modern technology is able to provide this possibility for increasingly larger and larger communities), or through representatives (members of legislative bodies). This second arrangement is then called Representative Democracy.

Representative democracy would be fine if the representatives would really make all their decisions only after consulting their constituencies. In the least, after having a clear idea about the views of their constituents on a particular issue, and trying to accommodate these views as best as possible (or postpone the decisions until an overwhelming majority of the constituents would be happy with them).
Unfortunately, a vast majority of countries that call themselves Representative Democracies are not true democracies according to the above definition...
To be continued...

Ben O (140)
Monday September 16, 2013, 5:54 am
Right on, power to the People!

Helen Porter (39)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 2:59 am
In these lower worlds, DRAMA is what souls came for.....they were bored. Geniuses and Criminals came from the boredom of no challenge, no problems, if a bull charges you, wave your hand and it's a mewling calf. Some of you may remember Most of you probably don't.

Democracy, if properly designed and provided, reminds the innate soul of the realms where the "god" was only pacific and loving and parental. These lower worlds, where we were highly excited to come were worlds of conflict, ore conflict in each descending realm. Conflict, drama, challenge, danger.

And in these eternal centuries following, we are still that way. Which movies are top rated, Heidi or Guns Aflame? Lovers, supposedly soul mates, marry into the supposed bliss but soon tire, evidently, of the sugar and they want more hot sauce.

What do the viewers want to watch on TV. And I'm no better than the rest. I spent a few exciting hours watching the gun man at the airport. Frankly, delighting in the people running or on the floor. CCN is really good at presenting DRAMA. What books have you been reading lately? I'll bet it wasn't sweet poetry that had you read the book through in only 3 sittings.

Unfortunately, rather than common sense (whatever happened to that). It's sure not engendered in our politicians. Now, how many of you who speak English are going to be looking up that word engendered? Tee hee hee. I could have said customary or sought after or....., But it tickles me that the word may be a challenge to many.

Mention sin and most of our ears perk up.

Now, that's what is.

How can we learn that the DRAMA isn't worth it.


fly bird (26)
Saturday September 16, 2017, 3:41 pm
Thanks Ben, for spreading the word.

TOM TREE (248)
Saturday September 16, 2017, 4:01 pm
Interesting ... Thanks for the Info
Thank You 4 Sharing .....

Ben O (140)
Sunday September 17, 2017, 8:07 am
Holy smoke, it's been 4 years since I posted this!
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