Monarchy vs Democracy

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Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

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Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

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Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

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Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

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Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

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"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
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Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Sat May 04, 2013 7:07 pm



As of today, anybody who wants a monarchy is in luck. I am available to fill the position of Supreme Monarch. That's right, if you want a king, then here I am. To activate this offer immediately, all you have to do is to believe that I am your king. That's all there is to it! And, for a limited time only, during this introductory period, no taxes will be collected although gifts of tribute symbolizing recognition and/or servitude will be accepted. To become a subject of this realm, simply reply with a statement proclaiming my glory. Remember, all replies must begin with, "Your Royal Highness..." or they will be rejected. Ten lucky applicants will be appointed to the nobility. Thank you, thank you all. You are loyal and true, and as your new king I shall do everything in my power to rule over you fairly or unfairly, at my discretion.

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Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

Postby Konchog1 » Sun May 05, 2013 3:55 am

Your Royal Highness and the various Lords and Ladies of the court,

Actually Polybius cites this method as one of several possible ways a monarchy starts. The other way is an informal election.

The safeguard with the first method is that if the new king is incompetent or unpopular, he's already taught the way to overthrow him.
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Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

Postby Grigoris » Sun May 05, 2013 5:01 pm

"My religion is not deceiving myself."
Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE

"Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss."
The Supreme Source - The Kunjed Gyalpo
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Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

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Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

Postby treehuggingoctopus » Mon May 06, 2013 8:54 am

. . . there they saw a rock! But it wasn't a rock . . .

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Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

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Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

Postby Namgyal » Tue May 14, 2013 1:33 pm

'Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.' (Edward Abbey)

'To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.'
(Pierre-Joseph Proudhon)

'The first man who, having fenced off a plot of land, thought of saying, ‘This is mine’ and found people simple enough to believe him was the real founder of civil society. How many crimes, wars, murders, how many miseries and horrors might the human race had been spared by the one who, upon pulling up the stakes or filling in the ditch, had shouted to his fellow men: ‘Beware of listening to this impostor; you are lost if you forget the fruits of the earth belong to all and that the earth belongs to no one.'' (Rousseau)

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Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

Postby Simon E. » Tue May 14, 2013 2:07 pm

Meanwhile back in the real, non platonic, non idealistic world....
" My heart's in the Highlands
my heart is not here.
My heart's in the Highlands
chasing the deer."

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Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

Postby Grigoris » Wed May 15, 2013 1:12 pm

Off topic posts removed.

Please leave aside the personal remarks and keep the thread on topic.

Thank you.
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Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE

"Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss."
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Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

Postby Grigoris » Wed May 15, 2013 1:21 pm

"My religion is not deceiving myself."
Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE

"Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss."
The Supreme Source - The Kunjed Gyalpo
The Fundamental Tantra of Dzogchen Semde

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Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

Postby oushi » Wed May 15, 2013 1:49 pm

Maybe, when people face the end of civilization, they will finally invent a good solution. Sadly, it will probably be to late. Humans are really miserable, as social species.
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Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

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Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

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"My religion is not deceiving myself."
Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE

"Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss."
The Supreme Source - The Kunjed Gyalpo
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Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

Postby Nilasarasvati » Sat May 25, 2013 3:41 pm

Whoah.
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Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

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