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by Greta
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is democracy so screwed in many countries?
Replies: 42
Views: 649

Re: Why is democracy so screwed in many countries?

All I did is refute your claim that corporations can't "have wants, motives or desires". A number of them have effectively gained governance and/or policy powers (without being elected), and neither very accountable nor subject to transparency or FOI provisions. Hello Rupert! Hello Brexit! Hello su...
by Greta
Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is democracy so screwed in many countries?
Replies: 42
Views: 649

Re: Why is democracy so screwed in many countries?

Logik wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:52 am
Greta wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:46 am
If they'd stuck to religion and not moved to philosophy they would have still fallen, only through stagnation and hubris. Nothing lasts forever.
I am not asking for 'forever', but Stonehenge is a great yardstick for robustness.
The pace of change has rather picked up since then, though.
by Greta
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: DIVERSITY IS AMERICA'S GREATEST STRENGTH
Replies: 276
Views: 4263

Re: DIVERSITY IS AMERICA'S GREATEST STRENGTH

Of course they are a minority, but that's enough isn't it?? That's why they are usually picked up during the screening process, hence the vast majority of the US's violence is home grown rather than imported. True. I don't know what they are always whining about. The paranoid US has very strict imm...
by Greta
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is democracy so screwed in many countries?
Replies: 42
Views: 649

Re: Why is democracy so screwed in many countries?

I suspect that here, philosophy is a failed attempt to overcome the inevitable problems of theists and fatalist moralisers, too little too late. Further, all healthy societies move from theism to philosophy. You can see what's happened to cultures that have not grown up into philosophy - they make ...
by Greta
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is democracy so screwed in many countries?
Replies: 42
Views: 649

Re: Why is democracy so screwed in many countries?

A nation is born stoic, and dies epicurean. At its cradle (to repeat a thoughtful adage) religion stands, and philosophy accompanies it to the grave. --Will Durant I suspect that here, philosophy is a failed attempt to overcome the inevitable problems of theists and fatalist moralisers, too little ...
by Greta
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: DIVERSITY IS AMERICA'S GREATEST STRENGTH
Replies: 276
Views: 4263

Re: DIVERSITY IS AMERICA'S GREATEST STRENGTH

Indeed. There's nothing like having triads, South African racists, Somalian gangs, Colombian drug cartels, radical muslims, and Russian mafia etc. etc. added to the mix for a bit of 'diversity'. We can just group hug them and they will become good citizens. Why focus on the minuscule minority who s...
by Greta
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is democracy so screwed in many countries?
Replies: 42
Views: 649

Re: Why is democracy so screwed in many countries?

Given that you'd not made clear what you advocated - seemingly no government control - it seemed a fair assumption that you were advocating a libertarian, non-governance solution which is, in essence, a dichotomous perspective. I personally prefer proportional representation to first past the post....
by Greta
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: DIVERSITY IS AMERICA'S GREATEST STRENGTH
Replies: 276
Views: 4263

Re: DIVERSITY IS AMERICA'S GREATEST STRENGTH

Indeed. There's nothing like having triads, South African racists, Somalian gangs, Colombian drug cartels, radical muslims, and Russian mafia etc. etc. added to the mix for a bit of 'diversity'. We can just group hug them and they will become good citizens. Why focus on the minuscule minority who s...
by Greta
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is democracy so screwed in many countries?
Replies: 42
Views: 649

Re: Why is democracy so screwed in many countries?

But all political systems must, by definition, be statist. Yo either form a state or you don't. In general true. In particular - no two states are designed the same. There's a great difference between Switzerland's canton system and USA's bi-partisan model. The alternative to central governance is ...
by Greta
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is democracy so screwed in many countries?
Replies: 42
Views: 649

Re: Why is democracy so screwed in many countries?

Hmm, this para from the article didn't ring true to me, Logik: The left pole, meanwhile, could be a stateless society of barter and localism; or a world of equality in which people are not subordinated by race, gender, and sexuality; or a pervasive welfare state; or a Khmer Rouge reeducation regime...
by Greta
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: DIVERSITY IS AMERICA'S GREATEST STRENGTH
Replies: 276
Views: 4263

Re: DIVERSITY IS AMERICA'S GREATEST STRENGTH

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by Greta
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is democracy so screwed in many countries?
Replies: 42
Views: 649

Re: Why is democracy so screwed in many countries?

There are corporations that have a greater revenue stream than entire countries. If you think that little voters have the slightest hope in competing for resources with these behemoths you will be disappointed. They are not organisms, they are the first artificial intelligences (technically cyborgs...
by Greta
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is democracy so screwed in many countries?
Replies: 42
Views: 649

Re: Why is democracy so screwed in many countries?

There are corporations that have a greater revenue stream than entire countries. If you think that little voters have the slightest hope in competing for resources with these behemoths you will be disappointed. They are not organisms, they are the first artificial intelligences (technically cyborgs...
by Greta
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is democracy so screwed in many countries?
Replies: 42
Views: 649

Re: Why is democracy so screwed in many countries?

How can you run a successful democracy when corporations are just as powerful as the government? With corporations constantly pushing governments to improve the corporate share of national wealth - and having the power to punish governments that fail to comply - individuals rightly no longer feel r...
by Greta
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: DIVERSITY IS AMERICA'S GREATEST STRENGTH
Replies: 276
Views: 4263

Re: DIVERSITY IS AMERICA'S GREATEST STRENGTH

Frank N Stein wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:44 pm
In that case you are talking balderdash then.
And that differs to you and others here ... how?