Democratic State versus Republic: A questionSubmitted by Dyzio on Sat, 10/26/2013 - 23:05
The answer is quite simple – just look at the origin of these two political systems. The democracy had seen its short glory in ancient Greece – we do not put too much importance on it since it turned out to be a total failure (remember Socrates verdict?). Then the glory of the republic was achieved in ancient Rome (and we know very well – this was a real great EMPIRE – like US today?).
Surely, we can see the difference here, but let's us look for more examples. My experience with communism (as I was born in communist Poland) was nothing of pleasant, however my experience with the Chinese ‘communism” is totally weird. First of all, the Deng Xiao Ping idea seems to be to postpone the “implementation of the communism” in China till there will be enough wealth to divide equally among all the citizens – it’s very similar to the idea of eventually paying back the national debt in US. However, as the Chinese reality is changing, the society is becoming more and more disconnected from Marx and Lenin, even the school indoctrination is not sufficient to maintain the trust in the communist party (hi to home schooling!). The news from China is that large grant money is paid to the academics for creating a new type of ideology that could replace the classical (and presently non-existent) communist ideas. I am not sure what advice to give to our friends, but it is clear that there is no real ideology behind the liberty movement. Unfortunately, nobody will pay money to our scholars to work out a new system of social perfection -- so probably no academics will think about it.
I admire Dr Paul and his efforts to educate us about the economy, property rights, the liberty and the respect of life. But it looks like the "whole world failed" and we do not have any real ideology to offer as an alternative to the existing system of oppression. Please initiate a list of the philosophical writings that could become a core for our future ideology.