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message 1: by Mehreen (new)

Mehreen Ahmed (mehreen2) | 1911 comments Modern democracy and autocracy: How are they different? Or not much at all.

message 2: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 12916 comments Elections (with a potential for changing presidents/parties and agendas) and spread of power between different institutions still differentiate democracy from autocracy.
However, in some seemingly democratic countries, it's (much) less the rule of the people and more the rule of the sponsors who bankroll politicians and have a considerable say on their agenda, so 'representation' function is often heavily biased towards elites, while general population although votes, but doesn't enjoy the benefits that much...

message 3: by Mike (new)

Mike Robbins (mikerobbins) | 264 comments If one wants to change from the semblance of democracy to something workable, the first place to look is the electoral system - especially in the US and UK. Money in politics comes a close second.

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Ian Miller | 9032 comments We don't have democracy. Everybody gets one vote, but that have to spend it on a politician. The politicians then become autocrats, or if not, somewhat inefficient and lazy. I guess the one thing we do have that is important is the ability to change politicians at the end of the cycle. Its as probably better before TV - politicians had to go out and personally meet the people.

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Michael Fattorosi | 477 comments The US isnt a democracy, its a Representative Republic.

I dont know of any true democracies in the world. Does anyone know of one ?

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Bernard Boley (bernard_boley) | 126 comments Switzerland is probably the only country based on the principles of democracy as close to those of ancient Greece with the concept of direct democracy regarding certain federal and canton powers. Two of them still rely upon general popular assemblies to enact pieces of legislation.

Switzerland's Direct Democracyt

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