Is representative democracy technically a form of oligarchy?

Posted by: minnymilerza

Oligarchy—a small group of people having control over a country, organization, or institution

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minnymilerza says2015-04-11T23:03:29.1886685-05:00
Reeseroni, but elected officials are still far outnumbered by their constituents
minnymilerza says2015-04-11T23:10:23.7194966-05:00
Ariesx, your grandfather sounds smart!
minnymilerza says2015-04-11T23:11:07.2894587-05:00
I personally think that intelligence is overrated. Humans have done terrible things with our intelligence
heil34 says2015-04-11T23:27:05.3897269-05:00
In my opinion i think oligarchy is better than direct democracy and beneficial dictatorship is still better than oligarchy. I don't know if it's me but this poll feels like it's assuming oligarchy is bad
minnymilerza says2015-04-11T23:31:38.6673779-05:00
I'm personally opposed to oligarchy, but I tried to not let my bias influence the poll.
minnymilerza says2015-04-11T23:32:28.3328107-05:00
Of course, not everyone believes that oligarchy is bad. For example, an oligarch would fully support the oligarchical system
minnymilerza says2015-04-11T23:33:51.0541323-05:00
Heil, a dictatorship would need to become an oligarchy in order to be sustainable. One person simply cannot run a country on his/her own. That's simply too much work for one person to handle.
Diqiucun_Cunmin says2015-04-11T23:34:37.0637123-05:00
If representative democracy is an oligarchy, what system would you call a true democracy? Direct civil participation in all matters? (Not saying you're wrong, just asking)
minnymilerza says2015-04-11T23:36:25.4274922-05:00
Yes, Cunmin. That would be true democracy. Every individual represents his/her self.
minnymilerza says2015-04-11T23:37:06.8505546-05:00
Of course, this would require smaller nations—something I'm generally in favor of
heil34 says2015-04-11T23:40:09.8851466-05:00
Well I personally consider national socialist germany under HItler to be a dictatorship which I support
minnymilerza says2015-04-11T23:49:46.8400511-05:00
Heil, what's your reasoning?
heil34 says2015-04-11T23:51:33.9375964-05:00
Well hitler is the fuher of germany so I would think that would be pretty dictator-like which I think is good and I think national socialist germany is officially considered facist
minnymilerza says2015-04-11T23:52:34.4887494-05:00
No, I mean, why do you support Hitler?
heil34 says2015-04-11T23:54:53.2059072-05:00
I believe in racial conflict and a single savior must lead his people to victory. I also believe in social economic harmony which hitler promotes. I support animal rights and ban on vivsection which Hitler is a big supporter of since he is a vegetarian.
heil34 says2015-04-11T23:55:18.5585574-05:00
I could go on about tons more which I won't because some people find those tons more to be offensive
minnymilerza says2015-04-11T23:57:05.1457000-05:00
Racial conflict? Why would you want such a violent thing?
heil34 says2015-04-12T00:00:32.8704272-05:00
I believe in homogeneity in ideologies and in culture and when all are united in those aspects people resolve conflicts between each other and everyone will love each other more than they would under multiculturalism since they agree on things and they don't feel alienated and different. However to achieve this racial purity must be achieved or else differences will arise and cause problems and that german unity cannot exist if multiracials are present
minnymilerza says2015-04-12T00:02:04.5186647-05:00
Heil, it'd be difficult to achieve your goal. There has been a considerable amount of race mixing
heil34 says2015-04-12T00:10:08.2381938-05:00
Well I think if Hitler had won ww2 it could have happened, if i were to say the 4th reich i could probably do it too i hope.
heil34 says2015-04-12T00:10:54.5551825-05:00
It's difficult but nevertheless possible
minnymilerza says2015-04-12T00:13:07.8647078-05:00
Heil, it seems pointless. You can't control how people reproduce. Well, you could, but it would be very difficult.
minnymilerza says2015-04-12T00:14:16.5685648-05:00
An overwhelming majority of people would oppose you.
heil34 says2015-04-12T00:18:12.4540147-05:00
I realize i have a minority opinion today but I feel whatever difficulties needed to achieve that end goal will be worth it. Although it's a rather daunting task to try to achieve in today's society.
minnymilerza says2015-04-12T00:19:38.4468210-05:00
Heil, you'd have to undo decades of propaganda. A large number of people, not just in America, now despise Hitler and the beliefs he possessed.
heil34 says2015-04-12T00:22:41.7539224-05:00
The alternative to winning through popular election is staging a coup although that's a difficult task as well if not more difficult than winning the ballot. If in the case a coup is done then propaganda and popular opinion are more or less irrelevant.
minnymilerza says2015-04-12T09:36:42.3051482-05:00
Bread—what a beautiful sentiment

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