Comment: Okay on republic but not on democracy...

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Okay on republic but not on democracy...

"Republic" is an empty word that simply separates what's public from private. The archetypal Roman republic was almost nothing like the American republic. The Roman republic divided power by class and the American republic is an oligarchy (only one class has power in the US). The Roman republic had no executive office (always two or three consuls) but Americans have a President-King (wonder when Americans will get the privilege of addressing him as a god?).

The Roman republic was a power mash-up of some aristocracy and some democracy. The American republic is completely based on deception by calling itself "democratic" because people "vote" but Aristotle told us that representative government is oligarchy because only the wealthy or those owned by the wealthy can afford to run for office. The electoral process has been so utterly corrupted now to be meaningless. There is the ruling class today and the rest of us...

Real democracy is based on sortition. If there's no sortition, there's no democracy. There are no democracies on the planet and there hasn't been since the time of Aristotle.

"Direct democracy" isn't democracy. The whole concept has been so mangled over the centuries by the powers-that-were-and-are that almost no one now understands it. James Madison attacked a straw man he called "democracy" in Federalist #10 because bringing up sortition would have been to open Pandora's box. The aristocrats didn't want that to happen. He and his buddies wanted power for themselves and got it. The ignorant revolutionaries didn't fight and die for liberty... just new management.