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January 31st, 2013, 19:34
Originally Posted by JemyM View Post
Democracy means power to the people, not adherence to bureaucratic systems.
Ummm, actually, perfesser, that's not correct. Your definition could actually be correctly applied to an anarchic system, which has nothing to do with democracy. No juicy red apple for you. Democracy actually refers to "a government by the people" (Does a dictionary count as an impressive textbook?). Glad to be of service.

Originally Posted by JemyM View Post
If the ballot box have no real impact, it's a reduction of power. By representing an illusion of power, it diminishes the demand for real power.
If the ballot box has no real impact, then you don't have "a government by the people", which means you don't actually have a functional democracy. Thus, your initial limiting criteria voids the hypothesis before it draws its first breath. No juicy red apple for you.

Originally Posted by JemyM View Post
It's you who make the naive "textbook" assumptions as you had no experience with the real world.
Well, this kinda came out of left field and doesn't even have post history to support it. Hopefully, it made you feel better, though. Glad I could be of service, but I'm afraid the teacher doesn't get a juicy red apple for erroneous insults.

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