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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Restore The Republic! Part II

What's the difference between a republic and a democracy? Walter Williams, an economist at George Mason University in Virginia, discusses the differences at http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=4588.

Here's an excerpt:

In a republican form of government, there is rule of law. All citizens, including government officials, are accountable to the same laws. Government intervenes in civil society to protect its citizens against force and fraud but does not intervene in the cases of peaceable, voluntary exchange.

Democracy, what the Bush administration calls for [in Iraq], is different.

In a democracy, the majority rules either directly or through its elected representatives. The law is whatever the government determines it to be.

Laws aren't necessarily based upon reason but power. In other words, democracy is just another form of tyranny -- tyranny of the majority.

Williams goes on to claim that

The ideal political model for Iraq is Switzerland's cantonal system

and he describes some of the details of Switzerland's federal government.


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