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Thomas Sowell: Obama regime dismantling American Democracy

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Thomas Sowell: "American democracy is being dismantled, piece by piece, before our very eyes"

Thomas Sowell @ Investors.com

… In our times, American democracy is being dismantled, piece by piece, before our very eyes by the current administration in Washington, and few people seem to be concerned about it.

… a democracy needs informed citizens if it is to thrive, or ultimately even survive.

… The president’s poll numbers are going down because increasing numbers of people disagree with particular policies of his, but the damage being done to the fundamental structure of this nation goes far beyond particular counterproductive policies.

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  1. Winston Churchill once said that the best argument against democracy was spending five minutes with the average voter. I don’t agree with Sowell that democracy is being dismantled. Rather, this is the logical course of democracy. I’d like to read your comments on Sowell’s opinion, Prodos.

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    • Howdy Dave,

      I don’t believe that the abrogation of individual rights and limited government is inevitable under democracy.

      Many of my friends and colleagues (Objectivists, Classical Liberals, Conservatives, and Libertarians) consider democracy to mean – or to in effect to amount to – “unlimited majority rule”.

      However, my studies of the writings of Solon and Pericles, and of Ancient Athens, and of the early developers, advocates, and practitioners of democracy lead me to the understanding that democracy was meant and understood to be a form of limited government.

      There was never a belief that what the majority say or want or demand is in and of itself legitimate and that it should be imposed on all, without consideration of individual rights.

      The idea of democracy arose from an improved awareness and understanding of self-ownership. Something along the lines of: The Autocrat has been determining what happens to me and my fellow citizens. But why shouldn’t *I* have a say in matters that affect *me*? Why shouldn’t *we* the citizens have a say in what affects *us*?

      The idea was not: If I can get enough people to agree with me then I can do whatever I want to whomever I want.

      The term for mob rule is not democracy. It’s ochlocracy.

      Please excuse this ultra brief and inadequate reply. I hope it’s of some use in indicating my broad approach to the issue. This is one of my favourite topics, actually, and I’d love to discuss it further at some point.

      I welcome disagreement and debate.

      Best Wishes,

      Prodos

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