Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The American form of government

Excellent video clip on the nature of governments. With the Obama administration, I think we are well on our way to the transition mentioned in the last few seconds of the clip (Hat tip: John W).


professor ed said...

I definitely agree with this lecture. I would love to know the credentials of the narrator, as well as those who developed this presentation. Interestingly the first time I was exposed to the idea that we are a republic and not a democracy, was duirng an assembly at my high school where a member of the John Birch Society distinguished between the two. Can you imagine such a school assmeblly today!

Jason said...

Republic by definition is merely a state without a monarch. Other definitions have taken it's place, and today we view it as a kind of representative democracy with rule of law. It's funny that he didn't mention the negatives of a republic while he seemed to mention the many negatives of the other systems. I can rattle off a few here: 1. Corruption of the elected officials. 2. The corruption or abuse of the law. 3. The inability of the "law" to fully protect rights without some form of force to protect it. Also, republics can have a wide range of Government intervention. It was only under John Locke's laissez faire philosophy that we consider government involvement to be completely "hands off". I think basically this guy is taking his presupposed political philosophies and inserting them into a nice, neat, clean cut lesson that if effectively evaluated doesn't hold up as nicely has he would like you to believe. I did enjoy his political spectrum graph though. That is definitely something everyone needs to understand about political systems.

Dennis said...

The best form of government would be totalitarian dictatorship--but ONLY if Christ were literally on the throne. Until then, we have to make due the best we can :-)

In the mean time, President Obama is sliding us much too far toward the statist side of the spectrum for my comfort.