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Are democracies working?

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  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    May 20, 2013 3:50 p.m.

    Only when $$$ stays out of it...

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 20, 2013 7:37 p.m.

    Our democracy is suffering. We've become so polarised that we now simply back ourselves into our respective corners, entrenched in an obscene fascination with sideshows while the real important machinations of government grind to an obstructed halt. It's a republic, if we can keep it.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 20, 2013 8:25 p.m.

    There are no democratic nations in the world. Never has been.

    All governments of nations are owned and operated by and for business interests.

  • the old switcharoo mesa, AZ
    May 20, 2013 9:31 p.m.

    We're in the age old goldocracy where the common man is used for labor and the wealthy use power to stay wealthy.

  • Demosthenes Rexburg, ID
    May 21, 2013 9:01 a.m.

    Good thing we don't live in a democracy, then. A pure democracy is mob rule. We live in a democratic republic with elected representatives whom we hope are wise enough to govern.

    But that's another story.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 22, 2013 1:14 p.m.

    All I know for sure is... democracy is better than any alternative I know of.

    Don't get ideological. We aren't talking about "pure democracy" when they talk about America, Europe, etc.

    For those who complain "the common man is used for labor and the wealthy use power to stay wealthy"... If there's one lesson the world has learned by now... it's that marxism doesn't work (except in China)

    What existing democracies need is... a more informed and involved population. That's the only way to overcome the voice of corporations that try to buy elections for their gain. You can't legislate their voice out.

    You can't "Legislate" your way to a good democracy. It has to come from the bottom up (not the top down)

  • GK Willington Salt Lake City, UT
    May 22, 2013 7:35 p.m.

    re: Ultra Bob

    What in the name of the East India Company are you talking about?

    Seriously & sadly, once the Fed was created it came them the corporations NOT we the people

  • Allisdair Thornbury, Vic
    May 22, 2013 8:50 p.m.

    It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
    Sir Winston Churchill
    British politician (1874 - 1965)

    Just a thought, the problem at the moment is not the electoral system or democracy it is the non-representative lobbing from factions with money making our representatives fearful.