Posts Tagged ‘Democracy’

Americans Should Know! Difference Between a Democracy and a Republic

January 8, 2012

Americans Should Know! Difference Between a Democracy and a Republic

I have found much confusion in my readings about history, societies, and evolving cultures over the use of the terms Democracy and Republic.

These terms are often not used with precision. Americans frequently talk about their  American Democracy. Given this pitifully declining Nation’s general failure to acculturate its children in its own fundamental values and ethics, why should this be a surprise?

This Nation produced the first Republic in the history of the world. It was created to protect the God-Given Unalienable Rights of individual American citizens against the tyranny of the majority vote. A tyranny which was often witnessed by The Framers of our Constitution among  various democracy designs through history.

Every American should know the following:

Know it, use it,—– or loose it!

VTM, 1/8/112

The Golden Formula For A Dream Civil Society

May 1, 2011

The Golden Formula For A Dream Civil Society

Humans have searched for the Golden Formula for a Dream Civil Society forever.

How can a civil society construct a very long-lasting human environment in which the vast majority of its inhabitants can live a life of relative freedom and physical security, material and economic comfort; with abundant opportunity and high citizen motivation for intellectual, creative, and spiritual growth and expression?

This question and its answers have resonated through the ages.

I have searched for these answers in the best ways that I know. I have studied the science of human behavior for about 46 years and I have taught what I have learned and I have applied it in private practice.  This is in addition to my readings and contemplations of the writings of the great (and not so great) social philosophers and religious/spiritual leaders dating back to our earliest recorded histories.

Sadly, I have found that every evolved or advocated socio-political design has failed to secure a lasting civil society providing all of the elements that I have described in bold print above.

The masses, fractured by Kings and War Lords are reduced to animals that hide in terror from the human beasts that rape and plunder them from all sides. Nothing expressed in the dream of a civil society described above is achieved. The stuff of nightmares predominate.

I see that Dictatorships (and the like) have ruled by putting rocks, swords and guns to the heads of their citizens and killing them until those sycophants who remain bow and crawl to them like infants. Nothing expressed in the dream for a civil society described above is achieved. The stuff of nightmares predominate.

It appears to me that Marxist /Socialist societies most often produce populations defined by low motivation and dependency; people who are weighed down by the costs of their benefits. An additional Marxist/Socialist penalty is that these benefits seem to be inversely related to the loss of individual’s personal freedoms.  A few things expressed in the dream of a civil society described above may be achieved; but it is often at the expense of timeliness, quality, availability and general efficiency. Marxist/Socialist designs appear prone to evolve to Dictatorships, and if they do; Nothing expressed in the dream of a civil society described above is achieved. The stuff of nightmares predominate

The beauty and promise of the Pure Democracy too frequently dies at the hands of the tyranny of the majority in which, theoretically, 51 percent of a population can impose its will on 49 percent. In a pure democracy, the good things gained from the dream of a civil society are very fragile and prone to loss. When this happens the stuff of nightmares is likley to return.

Now comes the Democratic Republic. The great experiment in checks and balances of power within a governmental design of the people, for the people and by the people. It is this Golden Formula that, in reality, has come the closest to achieving the golden dream.

But as recent history now reveals, and as it’s Founding Father’s had feared, the Democratic Republic is also fragile and prone to self-destruction. At this moment, in the United States, it appears that the course of its undoing will be through the weakening of political checks and balances fueled by a predatory central government; the rise of the tyranny of the voting majority frantic for governmental largess; a rapidly developing failure to acculturate our youth in our own traditional philosophy of government and its supporting spiritual morals and ethics; and our resulting evolution in the direction of a more Marxist/Socialist governmental system.  All of this raises the fearsome specter of dictatorial outcomes in our future.

If timely corrections are not made, this dictatorial future is evermore likely and everything expressed in the dream of a civil society will be lost. The stuff of nightmares will increasingly prevail among the last great hopes for a dream come true.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.    5/1/11

P.S., I invite those who wish to debate my views on this matter to do so on my blog. I am always willing to change my views in the light of strong data-based counter arguments. I also ask that you provide citations to support any opposing views that you may have. I am looking for a new course of reading for my summer months and will respectfully consider your references.

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