Press enter to begin your search Are pressure groups good or bad for democracy? Conclusion was that no elite group ran the town — on different issues, different groups were dominant.
Posted on February 23, by Scott Alexander [Content warning: Discussion of social justice, discussion of violence, spoilers for Jacqueline Carey books. This post was inspired by a debate with a friend of a friend on Facebook who has since become somewhat famous. Andrew Cord criticizes me for my bold and controversial suggestion that maybe people should try to tell slightly fewer blatant hurtful lies: And then complain about losing rather than changing their tactics to match those of people who are winning.
That post [ the one debunking false rape statistics ] is exactly my problem with Scott. It honestly makes me kind of sick. In other words, if a fight is important to you, fight nasty.
If that means lying, lie. If that means insults, insult. If that means silencing people, silence. But in a way, that would be assuming the conclusion. Then if the stress ends up bursting an aneurysm in his brain, I can dance on his grave, singing: I mean, he thinks that sexism is detrimental to society, so spreading lies and destroying people is justified in order to stop it.
I think that discourse based on mud-slinging and falsehoods is detrimental to society. You know who got things done?
Why not assassinate prominent racist and sexist politicians and intellectuals? Unless you do not believe there will ever be an opportunity to defect unpunished, you need this sort of social contract to take you at least some of the way.
Bullets, as you say, are neutral. In a war, a real war, a war for survival, you use all the weapons in your arsenal because you assume the enemy will use all the weapons in theirs.
Because you understand that it IS a war. There are a lot of things I am tempted to say to this.Criticism of democracy is grounded in democracy's contested definition—its purpose, process, and outcomes.
Since Classical antiquity and through the modern era, democracy has been associated with "rule of the people," "rule of the majority," and free selection or election either through direct participation or elected representation respectively, but has not been linked to a particular outcome.
There was once a time when Republican lawmakers counted a good number of liberals among them, and Democrats enjoyed the membership of many conservatives. For pluralists pressure groups help the govt.
to operate, their pressure is a reflection of public opinion and is vital to democracy providing a healthy ‘free market’ of opinion and influences. There are many access points, and freedom of speech and association are entrenched in the constitution.
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Bill Riedel April 27, at pm. Permalink.. I think it is relatively simple why smart people defend bad ideas.
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