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Tag: democracy
  • Democracy and the Individual

    An article published in this month’s Freeman Magazine claimed a new solution to our political woes with the title: “Can We Correct Democracy?” Perhaps the author would answer Churchill’s famous quote — that democracy is “the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time” — by finding an …

  • Why the Establishment Right Should Support the Occupation Movement

    I am quite shocked that the establishment right has not embraced the Occupy Wall Street Movement.  They argue that the United States has a “moral obligation” to spread democracy across the world.  They advocate for wealth redistribution to finance this “obligation.”  They endorse government growth and spending so long as it directly relates to their …

  • Are We Safe from Democracy?

    On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson spoke before a joint session of Congress seeking a Declaration of War against Germany and the Central Powers. In doing so, he declared that the world “must be made safe for democracy.” Wilson’s statement has served as a foundation for American foreign policy in the nearly 100 years …

  • Benjamin Netanyahu: Democracy’s Biggest Fan?

    Cross posted at Interest of the State. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once gave a speech entitled “Fighting Terrorism” at Ashland University. Little did “Bibi” know how relevant his words would be today. His speech was based off of Immanuel Kant‘s essay Perpetual Peace. Right off the bat, Netanyahu said: He [Kant] said peace with …

  • ‘It’s Cute’: Chinese College Students on Americans’ Self-Conception as Saviour of the World

    In an interview in Beijing, several Chinese college students reflect on America.  Their observations are interesting, to say the least: ASHLEY ZHANG, student: I think that the United States is trying to transport its own value, like freedom, democracy, to other parts of world, but maybe China, or India, or Cuba, these countries, they don’t …

  • We’re not a democracy; we’re a constitutional republic.

    Former Senator Gary Hart today has a blog post at the The Huffington Post entitled “Restoring Democracy.” His point is that the fillibuster in the Senate must be done away with so that “the Senate must once again become a democratic institution.” Yet, I was most irked when reading his opening sentence: “Few principles are as central …

  • Freedom Declined Worldwide In 2009

    …according to Freedom House, a think tank which says that the world has seen new limitations on freedom across the globe in 2009. These declines have outweighed advances in liberty for the fourth year in a row. Some of this year’s major failures to promote freedom include unjust detention and torture in Iran, coups in …

  • Uniquely Afghanistan

    When I hear the word ‘American,’ I think of apple pie, baseball, Thanksgiving, freedom, and capitalism. When I hear the word ‘Afghan,’ I think of war, mountains, and the Taliban. Barely anything else comes to mind. It is this ignorance that perpetuates the idea that the US can make Afghanistan into a thriving, free country, …

  • Obama: “America has never fought a war against a democracy.” Not quite.

    A lie of omission is a lie; it intentionally leaves out crucial information to create a false representation of reality. Obama lied in omission in his Orwellian Peace Prize acceptance speech by claiming, “America has never fought a war against a democracy.” Technically, a war is reciprocated armed conflict. However, the etymology of the word, …

  • Free and Independent’s Employee Handbook for Congress

    Freeandindependent.us is a media network out to report for We the People. They stand for constitutional government, accountability, and integrity in Congress. In order to ensure this, Freeandindependent.us recognizes the vital role of citizens in a democracy to keep checks on their government. The site has created an Employee Handbook for Congress which lists what …