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 The dictator of Turkey. He's not a dictator.  He's been duly elected every time.

Gibbons Burke writes: 

Lots of dictators have been selected by the people in elections (Hitler, Chavez), or appointed and granted dictatorial powers by democratic representative bodies (Mussolini). One of the great concerns of the founding fathers of the United States was the tendency of democracies to devolve into dictatorial tyrannies.

Pete Earle writes: 

Democracy is the lowest rung on the collectivist ladder and an essential precursor to socialism. The idea that a pulse, and nothing more, would qualify an individual to take part in the political process is ludicrous to anyone who has spent even a cursory amount of time in the real world. 

Stefan Jovanovich writes: 

The G Boys are retailing another of those lessons from history that is really a bad sermon about the awful citizenry. No one in Philadelphia in 1787 was concerned about democratic tyranny. They gave control of the Union to the House of Representatives and to the appointees of the States' own popular houses. The Senate exists, not as a check on democratic impulses, but as a scheme that gave small states a reason to believe that they would not be surrendering their own popular sovereignties. Hitler did not win an electoral majority; his dictatorial powers came from the emergency legislation adopted after the Reichstag fire. There is nothing in the record of German aristocracies to suggest that they would have been any more temperate in their judgment than "the people" we're in 1933; after all, they were Hitler's party's principal source of campaign funds.

What is wrong with Venezuela and Turkey and the EU, for that matter, is that their democracy is an ideology for giving the state absolute authority in the name of "the people", not what our American democracies - state and Federal - were agreed upon to be: the legal mechanism for the exercise by individuals of their own particular rights as citizens.


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  1. jayson on July 18, 2016 3:37 pm

    It’s not really fair to clump Venezuela and Turkey’s problems in with the EU and America’s.

    EU and America’s populations are suffering from a general amnesia of why democracies must be kept in check and have a natural and gradual erosion of rights over time.

    Turkey is more of a case of tyranny of the majority. Yes, he’s getting elected, but this shouldn’t grant him dictatorial powers.

    “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” Churchill (probably)

  2. Russell on July 19, 2016 2:33 pm

    While Mr Erdogan seemingly survived a coup attempt. He has been facilitating his own coup against the nation all be it in slow motion. Gradually changing legislation for the worse. Turkey is not particularly used to democracy and the current system is being taken advantage of. Compare to Mr Cameroon who has a non binding brexit vote go slightly against him and he stands down and walks away from power .

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