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Autocracy, Anocracy, & Democracy – “Verbal Masterba(bleep!)…” January 25, 2016

Posted by Chris Mark in Laws and Leglslation, Politics.
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Election season in the US is always interesting.  Passions run high and people are quick to proclaim their positions on government and politics.  Unfortunately, as many will likely agree, election season also gives voice to many who should probably remain silent.

Recently I was taken to task on Facebook and lectured on the concept of governance and democracy by a particularly obtuse and offensive individual.  When I attempted to explain that democracy should NOT be considered a strictly binary proposition and that the US was indeed a democracy, his attacks became personal and I was accused of (among other things) “verbal masturbation”.  According to this master of the English language: “Most folks like me would call your ideas verbal masturbation.  They sound good from the outside but are really kinda stupid”…he actually wrote: “Kinda”…somehow this person drew a line between my comments on democracy and his belief that the federal government would force parents to stand by while their 12 year old daughters got abortions without consent.  I am at a loss as to the logic… But…I digress.  Back to democracy! (more…)

“Democracy or Friendship?” – The US Role in Supporting Democracy July 31, 2012

Posted by Chris Mark in Laws and Leglslation, Politics.
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Heather Mark completed her PhD in Public Policy & Public Administration ‘several year’ ago.  Her Dissertation was titled: “The Role of the United States Foreign Policy in the Global Adoption of Democratic Governance”.  The US has long espoused the position of supporting democracy.  Does the US actually practice what it preaches?  Here is an excerpt from Heather’s dissertation:

“As the twentieth century wore on, however, the threats to democracy became less specific, but presidents and policymakers continued to use the ideology to frame their policy statements.  This begs the question: “Do the actions of the United States actually further the cause of democracy, as policymakers indicate?”  If the U.S. public knew the effect of U.S. actions on democracy, would the rhetoric still be as effective?”

Download and read her dissertation here.  Make your own decisions regarding the US’s role.

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