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Government and Governance Systems. There are many kinds of political and government (governance) systems. We typically refer to them as if they exist in their pure forms such as Democracy, Monarchy, Communism, Anarchy, Libertarianism, Dictatorship, Fascism, Autocracy, Theocracy, Meritocracy, Socialism. However, most countries and societies are hybrids of two or more systems. The role of economics inevitably influences politics and governance, so adherents of Democracy often cite Capitalism as the de-facto economic system to accompany a democratic government.
Forced Democracy. It’s ironic that Democracy is often forced upon countries — considering that the premise of democracy is to allow for the free will of a people and society. Yet, those who believe in it sometimes feel its worth violating the principles of Democracy in order to spread it.
Purpose of Politics. There are many kinds of political philosophies and systems. However, simplistically speaking, depending on who you are, the purpose of “government” can be generally described as serving one of the following two purposes.
- Serving the People. Government is intended to be an institution that is democratically and collectively created, changed, and managed. The role of government is to serve the needs and interests of the entire society through offering the shared infrastructure and resources that we all benefit from having available such as education, roads, libraries, healthcare, and protection from threats within and without. An example of a threat within would be large businesses that sell harmful overpriced products through deceptive means. Through education, and ensuring that people are properly informed, the system continues to grow better and better. While democracy suggests that the majority opinion will guide the society, it is also true that minorities should not be exploited or oppressed.
- Serving the Wealthy, Powerful, and Privileged Class. The role of the government is to help placate the masses and make them docile, malleable, uninformed, misinformed, uneducated, and disenfranchised. By maintaining a sufficiently high level of unemployment, people are more desperate for work and therefore they are willing to work more hours, for less money, in poor working conditions, with reduced privacy, and few benefits. It is important that the laws and economy makes it difficult for people to actually become “capitalists.” Instead, people should be renting the place where they live and buying cars and other consumer goods through credit. This ensures that the masses create wealth, equity, and net-worth for a few at the top. Government should make public lands and resources available to a few wealthy people so they can exploit them and profit from them. Government should enact laws that force everyone to pay taxes and then the taxes collected should benefit the wealthy.
Video. The short video clip below portrays these two views of what government is.
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Resources. Below are selected resources.
- Barack Obama
- Democratic-Liberal Leaders, Organizations, and Resources
- Global Marketplace Democracy – Ethical Green Shopping and Buying – “As individual citizens, it’s difficult to complete with large corporations for the loyalty of our political representatives. However, by choosing to spend money on ethical products, services, companies, manufacturers, organization, and vendors, you can powerfully determine what kind of world we live in.”
- Republican-Conservative Leaders, Organizations, and Resources
- The True Enemy is War Itself – Why was the soundtrack from an anti-war movie chosen to be played at John McCain’s 2008 concession speech? This article may help explain why.
- The Urgency of Global Feminism – “The world currently faces challenges that can only be understood and overcome through a feminine mindset and action.”
- The Urgency of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- The Urgency of Youth Representation, Action, and Activism in World Democracy – “The world urgently needs the inspiration of young people and children. From young people come optimism, creativity, hope, energy, and forgiveness that is urgently needed in the world today.”
- VoteSmart.org – “Here at Project Vote Smart, Americans young and old volunteer their time, take no money from special interest groups, and have committed themselves to an extraordinary effort that, if successful, will provide their fellow citizens with the tools for a reemergence of political power not known for half a century. Their idea is one you may have thought of yourself. It is a deceptively simple concept but enormously difficult to achieve and would not be possible without the collaboration of citizens willing to lay their partisan differences aside for this one crucial task.”
- Yulia Tymoshenko – “Yulia Tymoshenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine, was ranked in 2005 by Forbes Magazine as the third most powerful woman in the world. Tymoshenko was one of the leaders of Ukraine’s Orange Revolution that toppled a stagnant, corrupt regime.
Quotes. Below are selected quotes on politics and government.
- “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” – Thomas Jefferson
- “To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” – Teddy Roosevelt
- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” – Benjamin Franklin
- “Naturally the common people don’t want war … but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.” – Hermann Goring
- “Blind submission to the Administration of the government is not devotion to the country or the Constitution. The administration is not the government.” – Edward G. Ryan
- “If we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason and Dixon’s but between patriotism and intelligence on the one side, and superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other.” – Ulysses S. Grant
- “I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo.” – Harry S Truman, 1961
- “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” – President Harry S. Truman, message to Congress, August 8, 1950
- “As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.” – Justice William O. Douglas
- “If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” – President James Madison
- “I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of freedoms of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” – James Madison
- “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln
- “Those who expect to reap the blessing of freedom must…undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine
- “Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficial. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.” – Louis D. Brandeis