I might be serious... the world does have an over population probelm after all.
Sooner or later a serious discussion about population control is going to have to take place... our poor little planet cannot keep an ever increasing number of us supplied with all our needs... we've already seen water riots in some far off lands... so it's a very serious matter.
Stalins solution would at least alleviate the problem somewhat... look at the Chinese and their one child policy... maybe totalitarian states are the way to go... maybe all this democracy... liberty and freedom stuff are as much parts of the problem the world is facing as capitalism is?
Anyway, they're Chavs... no one would miss them
Last edited by NotLettingItGo; 11-07-2011 at 08:29 PM.
My english are probably not good enough to discuss matters like this but I'll try to use a well known example, at least for people who had studied history. I apologize for my poor English in advance
As you probably know democracy first established in ancient Greece in the city of Athens and the Athenian democracy is still considered as an almost direct democracy. The greatest and and the most known period of Athenian democracy is called Golden Age and at that period the city was lead by Pericles. It was after the victory in the Persian war, Acropolis was build at this time and the city was the cultural centre of Greece. But it's not well known that Athenian democracy at it's best was relying in two things, slaves and the taxes all the ally cities had to pay to Athens for being the strongest state. That let's say unfair relation lead to the Peloponnesian War. That was the end of the best ages of Athenian democracy. A detailed example of how Athens considered justice and democracy when these had to do with others is the Milian Dialogue reported by Thucydides. It is characterised as the most famous invented dialogue in a historical work. Milos a small island in Agean Sea (great beaches there btw ) was an ally of Athens during the Persian war. At the beginning of Peloponnesian war they tried to stay neutral. But for Athenians it was either with them or against them. So a great Athenian army set out for Milos. As always in ancient Greece before any battle there were negotiations. The main idea of Athenian envoys arguments is the following phrase that describes how people living in the best known democracy are feeling for an ally city.
Milians refused the terms Athenian won the battle. All the adult men were killed, all the women and children were sold as slaves. All these were decided by the assembly in Athens with direct voting and simple majoritywe Athenians will use no fine words; we will not go out of our way to prove at length that we have a right to rule, because we overthrew the Persians; or that we attack you now because we are suffering any injury at your hands. We should not convince you if we did; nor must you expect to convince us by arguing that, although a colony of the Lacedaemonians, you have taken no part in their expeditions, or that you have never done us any wrong. But you and we should say what we really think, and aim only at what is possible, for we both alike know that into the discussion of human affairs the question of justice only enters where the pressure of necessity is equal, and that the powerful exact what they can, and the weak grant what they must.
Bottom line and to return to the topic title, democracy can easily be tranformed to "tyranny of the mob". On the other hand every nation should have the right to decide for its future. It's not an is issue of "black or white" and in the end I guess history will be the judge
Last edited by brightsid; 11-07-2011 at 08:50 PM.
We make a living by what we get,we make a life by what we give
My own country will soon be facing similar circumstances because we have borrowed more money than we can afford to pay back.
I hope when we reach this point which Greece is now facing, we will have the presence of mind to reject such an offer and just accept the fact that the debt will never be repaid. We wouldn't be the first country to ever default on their debts.
You dont have to pay anything if you decide not to.
Look at Iceland they refuse to pay for foreign citizens investment in their own banks...
Nobody can make you pay, its a promise but who will enforce it?
As long as the FED can print money and people have to buy dollar to pay for oil... its like a big monopoly... but the USA controls part of the bank additionally to their own property
Have you informed the customers of your family business about your new policy of debt repayment, i.e., debts can be ignored and ultimately, rejected?
With Christmas coming up, they'll be overjoyed.
"I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg