mittfh (el 26/03/14 a las 12:11 am)
A lot depends on exactly how you define the terms. Most countries which
claim to be democracies would be republics according to the definition in
the video; given that the government (allegedly!) is representative of the
population, but limited in its power by the rule of law.
However, the method by which the government comes into being in both the US
and other countries can be described as "representative indirect democracy"
- in that the public don't have power themselves, but vote for people to
represent them in government. In Presidential Elections, the choice is
generally between two people across the entire country, in Congressional
Elections, the choice is between various people who represent the views of
a smaller bunch of the public (two per State in the case of the Senate,
something based on population for the House).
The role of the Head of State also comes into play - even among countries
where the Head of State is elected, in some it's a largely ceremonial role
with little real power (so they're still representative of the people, but
their role's similar to that of a constitutional monarch), while in others
the HoS has varying amounts of political power - some political systems
have a balance between HoS and PM, in others the HoS has the greater
proportion of power.
In many countries, there's also an increased suspicion that there's a move
towards oligarchy, given those candidates for national legislatures
accepted by their chosen party often tend to be wealthier than average, and
in some countries increasingly have similar backgrounds (e.g. in the UK,
went to an independent school then studied Politics, Philosophy and
Economics at Oxford before either working directly for the party or going
via a spell in political journalism). Many of the most prominent / powerful
politicians have certain financial interests that may influence their
voting pattern. There's also corporate lobbyists, who, being generally
better funded and organised than 'ordinary' citizens, are often suspected
of having a much greater influence on political decisions than the
Philly Studmuffin (el 27/03/14 a las 2:42 pm)
This video was produced by right-wing charlatans. Nazism and fascism are
left wing? On what planet? Any and all credibility in this video was out
the window and removed from reality during the first 2 minutes. This is
nothing more than lunatic Tea Party ideologies and exemplifies their
ridiculous and imaginary historical explanation of lies.
Fascism (the Nazis were fascist) is a joining of corporations and
government, without consequence, accountability, or responsibility. The
German people attempted to drag the factory owners and the corporate
executives out into the street to lynch them after World War II (because
the people finally realized the oligarchy and the religiously mind poisoned
allowed the destruction of their country). A few remaining police and/or
MPs saved some of their radical, sorry butt's from being hung or shot but
many were rightfully destroyed (but not enough).
Only low-grade, sheep-like imbeciles would fall for this sorry, idiotic,
right wing film and it's asinine explanations. This is a warped, imaginary
history that sounds like something Sara Palin, Michele Bachmann, Paul Ryan
or other dishonest financial charlatans would promote to keep people
stupid. Notice how these same charlatans meld their nonsense with religious
mind poison to promote the ultimate but imaginary master/slave relationship
and archaic blood sacrifices? It's complete bullshit designed to herd sheep
that welcome wishful thinking gibberish.
Here's a much easier way to explain today's oligarchy, fascist nonsense:
Play the game of Monopoly with 3 other friends, but start out with these
simple but factual rules: Player 1 (representing the oligarchy) gets all
the property and 90% of the money, Player 2 (representing the charlatan
politicians -- the oligarchy's minions) gets the railroads and the
remaining 10% of the money. Player 3 (representing the upper middle class
and religious charlatans -- the top 2%) gets the utilities but no money.
You (representing the working class, the poor and everyone else) get
nothing. See how long it takes for player 1 to win the game!
Paul Lukitsch (el 19/02/14 a las 5:08 pm)
This is a great lesson...
I hope it sounds familiar.
Gwen Patton (el 19/02/14 a las 4:21 pm)
If anyone ever says "America is a Democracy", disagree with them. It isn't.
Or, more properly, it isn't SUPPOSED to be. The more it becomes a
Democracy, the less it is what it was designed to be, which is a Republic.
But what's the difference? A Republic limits the power of government to
promote liberty of the people, through a body of law that is not subject to
the whims of the majority. Attempts by the corrupt or the power-hungry to
upset this system in favor of a more "majority rules" type of government in
actuality is creating a transitional stage towards an oligarchy. The same
is true of those who want to "do away with" government, because nature
abhors a vacuum, and what will move in is invariably, once again, an
This video explains each form and how they mutate, and why all that truly
exists are oligarchies and republics as durable states, and why we want one
and not the other.
We have a Republic...if we can keep it.
Rai Bahadur Singh (el 17/12/13 a las 6:06 pm)
This is quite good but the stability of #anarchism is understated.
rockotto727 (el 28/01/14 a las 3:20 pm)
Democracy is when a bunch of lambs elect wolves to rule them.
Dan J (el 04/10/13 a las 9:26 pm)
This is something that seems to never be shared enough with other.
What is a Republic? And what is a Democracy? It seems many people do not
know these answers today.
Here is a bit of education on this, I'm sure most people today don't really
emrald gr (el 16/10/13 a las 3:54 pm)
Republic vs Democracy. They are both full of shit.
TheNavigateur . (el 27/10/13 a las 9:29 pm)
I don't have political "idols". Freedom is ONLY maximized when everyone has
an EQUAL say in deliberation over the laws of the nation. Otherwise it is
inevitable that the laws will become ever-increasingly skewed toward the
already-powerful - as they do with free markets (which allow
ever-increasing & unearned dictatorship by the already-rich) Ironically
Jesus would hate your worship of the "free market" (ever-increasing
dictatorship by the already-rich) - you're brainwashed by its propagandists.
Cythil (el 31/10/13 a las 1:00 am)
I think you may getting this a bit black and white. And you remarks could
be taken as a insult to. You do not even know my political stance but you
have already made up you mind about me. Politically am a Social Democrat
and I believe that some restrictions on the economy is in order to make a
stable economy and to make sure everyone has a fair and equal chance. I
believe you have rights that are there both to protect you but also to give
you a chance to grow and become a greater person.