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On Democracy and Politics

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In this season of elections and politics in the US, it is appropriate to collect in one place some Historical facts, Personal observations, and Famous sayings


1.  For thousands of years, Chinese pray for a Benevolent Dictator (仁君) as the most efficient and forward looking form of government – historical fact

2.  Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely - Lord Acton

3.  “Check and Balance” promotes “Gridlock” where nothing gets done, particularly when you have a leader who strives on “division” – The two party system of American democracy

4.  Mutli-party democracy requires making deals with different parties to get things done. But deals often promote “corruption” which is a no-no in democracy – Many banana republics in South America

5.  “The best arguments against democracy is to talk to an average voter for five minutes” – Winston Churchill

6.  People regularly sacrifice long interests for short term gains – human animal instinct

7.   “Democracy is the worse form of government except for all others” - Winston Churchill

8.   “We know what need to be done. But we don’t know how to get re-elected if we do them” – President of European Union

9.  “There is no perfect Democracy” – Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem

 



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