Friday, December 19, 2008

A Partial List of Things Incompatible With Democracy...

...and Inimical to It

  • Empire

  • Militarism

  • Terrorism

  • Off-shore prisons

  • "Extraordinary Renditions" (Sending our prisoners to foreign jails so they can be mistreated in ways illegal here)

  • Torture (Yes, waterboarding is torture!)

  • Government-run economy

  • Domestic spying without court order

  • Weak independence of the judiciary branch

  • Corruption, including bribery, graft, nepotism, cronyism, and patronage, if it involves promoting less competent people over more competent ones

  • Over-taxation

  • Weak or non-existent middle class

  • Under-educated populace

  • Politically unaware or uninvolved populace, asleep at the wheel

Feel free to add things I've overlooked; there are bound to be zillions of them.


Claire said...

Yes, and suppression of free expression.