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I want to talk about democracy.
I do so here because I don't think this is mind-killing. And I sure feel some rational debate about it would be educational, for me mostly, since there are so many great minds here and... I will come clean, I think democracy isn't that great, considering this how is it possible that I am but ignorant? Or possibly evil. But before I can explain why I think as I do, I need to see why people think it is great. Who knows, maybe I've missed something vital? Or maybe people don't like d... (read more)
I'm not sure I understand what question you are asking or what alternative you're comparing democracy to.
Ultimately, a government is an organization that claims a right to compel obedience, and in practice, has the ability to compel. Some person or persons is ultimately going to be in charge of wielding that power. That means there has to be some means of choosing them.
To be more concrete: a government needs a military or at least a national police force. Those forces work much better with a unified command structure, which means there needs to be some su... (read more)
If it's worth saying, but not worth its own post (even in Discussion), then it goes here.