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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:10 pm    Post subject: Democracy, the Social Science... If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

...free and open, critical inquiry as a discipline of sharing, collaboration and experimentation...deliberate mix of ordered chaos.

...the inherent benefits of "unity from diversity" in scientific investigation and even in religion.

...incompleteness and imperfection are hardwired into the protocol...

....disciplines apply to human relations as well as to natural sciences.

...peer review...checks and balances.

...importance of the scientific experience which distinguishes the modern world. By the scientific method of systemic use of intelligence, able to sustain a progress that is deliberate and not merely lucky outcome of fortuitous events.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:47 pm    Post subject: An Imperfect Union If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

“Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried.”

~ Winston Churchill

"The Constitution is an experiment as all life is an experiment. "

-- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The democratic experiment is an imperfect discipline, a living laboratory of human relations, of testing and learning. From the backdrop of human history, it has gained both positively and negatively from the experiences of more totalitarian forms of governance (and their assumptions of pre-engineered uniformity), and has opted instead for the less than perfect, deliberate blending of order and chaos. It's a freedom-informed, openly-gathered science-based process of ongoing experimentation -- ongoing because it never expects to have perfect control over either the mechanics or the results. A margin for error is hardwired into its assumptions.

...dictators are not allowed to make (or admit) mistakes. They must be right in every instance.




This is another way of saying that outcomes are not completely foreseeable. Under democratic conditions, there can be no perfect solutions. In politics, as in religion, it is on this account that perfectionists find themselves so frequently unhappy. They ask for clear-cut, definite resolutions of issues, solutions which are a complete fulfillment of an ideal. But what they get when an issue is submitted to democratic procedures is usually a compromise, a half-way solution. This leaves them unhappy and not infrequently leads to the suspicion that governing democracies and their liberal-religious counterparts are fumbling, inefficient and lacking of moral stamina. In such instances they may even look upon dictatorships (and religious fundamentalism) with admiration for the dictator (religious authoritarian) takes the whole step, insists upon the perfect solution.

But this means rejection of minority rights and consequently eliminates difference, thus limiting freedom. In other words, the price to be paid for freedom is allowance for error.

Majority opinion is not accepted because we believe the majority to be always right. Indeed, when the majority is followed there is already involved an admission that some of the right may rest with the outvoted minority. Majority rule is a useful, almost a mechanical contrivance, the main purpose of which is to find a solution which is at the moment workable. Its function is , not to define the perfect solution but rather to "keep the game going", to avoid those awkward impasses which in extremity call for more-arbitrary action.
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