Monday, March 17, 2014

Democracy is Broken: Here's How to Fix It

From Carolyn Moynihan at MercatorNet:
     The first element is virtue. Self-government does not begin at the ballot box, even if the ballot is citizen initiated and accessible via the internet. It begins with people who know how to govern themselves – to obey their conscience, to delay gratification, to do the good that is difficult – and this is precisely what has been undermined in democracies where the state has grown by the political process of buying power with ever-extending handouts and entitlements. 
     The second element is the family. It is in the family that the individual learns the virtues basic to a democratic society: in addition to those already mentioned, responsibility, justice and respect for the freedom of others. But this can only happen in a family that has not had its authority snatched away by an intrusive state and its favorite experts.  
Read the article "Democracy is Broken. Here's How to Fix It" here. 
The first is virtue. Self-government does not begin at the ballot box, even if the ballot is citizen initiated and accessible via the internet. It begins with people who know how to govern themselves – to obey their conscience, to delay gratification, to do the good that is difficult – and this is precisely what has been undermined in democracies where the state has grown by the political process of buying power with ever-extending handouts and entitlements. - See more at: http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/democracy_is_broke._heres_how_to_fix_it#sthash.HGWqEuky.dpuf
The first is virtue. Self-government does not begin at the ballot box, even if the ballot is citizen initiated and accessible via the internet. It begins with people who know how to govern themselves – to obey their conscience, to delay gratification, to do the good that is difficult – and this is precisely what has been undermined in democracies where the state has grown by the political process of buying power with ever-extending handouts and entitlements. - See more at: http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/democracy_is_broke._heres_how_to_fix_it#sthash.HGWqEuky.dpuf
The first is virtue. Self-government does not begin at the ballot box, even if the ballot is citizen initiated and accessible via the internet. It begins with people who know how to govern themselves – to obey their conscience, to delay gratification, to do the good that is difficult – and this is precisely what has been undermined in democracies where the state has grown by the political process of buying power with ever-extending handouts and entitlements. - See more at: http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/democracy_is_broke._heres_how_to_fix_it#sthash.HGWqEuky.dpuf

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