Defining Governments

Defining Governments

There are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. Be the first kind; there is less competition. Indria Ghandi (paraphrase).

Jan. 3, 2016

The chicken they served for lunch, today, must have died arthritic scrawny leg, without much meat on the bone.

Happy Birthday, Ellen Baldwin, wherever you are.


Injustice 2

Picture soure: Occupy Democrats.


There is something wrong with America. Maybe it’s always been wrong and more of us are beginning to realize not only how wrong, but how deep in the bone of the citizenship this wrong is.

A week, or two, ago, I quoted John Suart Mill on something, I forget what. A nephew seemed to take issue with the quote and wrote something to the effect that he’d had college professers that had disagreed with Mills. He offered to instruct me in “Political Science” based on what he’d learned from college courses. I have no objection to being made aware of the various views and opinions I have yet to encounter, but, somehow, the idea of being instructed has the ring of catechisis about it.

There are three basic kinds of Government: The first is a single, absolute ruler, the second is rule by Oligarchy, and the third is, loosely defined, democracy. Elements of any, or both, of the other kind may be present in each, but in a limited fashion. The absolute ruler may have a council of advisers, the oligarchy may have some democratic way of reaching decisions, and Democracy may have divisions of party lines, but the primary expression of governance, the primary Power, remains. Any theory of political science, and I could be wrong, will favor one of those three.

Advocates of absolute rule cite leadership stability, leadership focus. Absloute ruler are not partisan because they do not need a majority approval, they don’t seek votes by pampering to special interests, and they cannot, creditably, share blame for errors.

An oligarchy is more efficienct than a democracy, less bureaucratic. Decisions happen quickly, women can ascent to positions of power more quickly, and debate still exists, (but only) among those within the oligarch, for lack of a better word, class. These are the major arguments for rule by a few.

Of the three, democracy is the messiest. At its best, it protects the interests of its citizenship, prevents the monopoly of authority, and it promotes equality and change.. Its leaders are chosen by the people. The down-side is that it only works when, at least, a significant number of the citizenship is educated and engaged.




About elrondsilvermaul

I never know what to say about myself. I let what I write try to speak as to who I am. I can only add, here, that I am 72, live in a nursing home, am twenty years a cancer survivor, and identify as a gay male. I intend to use this blog as storage for poems? written over the long years (and still being written). This does not preclude other uses.
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