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Privacy, Security, Encryption Well, after 50 days of causing amok on the web, the guys and/or girls behind LulzSec have called it quits last night. After hacking into the systems of various Arizona law enforcement agencies and releasing countless internal documents, they published a statement on Pastebin yesterday, dumping yet another boatload of data on The Pirate Bay, and announcing their disbanding.
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RE[2]: Democracy
by jack_perry on Sun 26th Jun 2011 20:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Democracy"
jack_perry
Member since:
2005-07-06

Anyways, I'm not really sure yet if democracy is the way to go.


(1) Democracy is the worst system of government... except for all the others that have been tried.

(2) The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

Both courtesy Winston Churchill.

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RE[3]: Democracy
by Moredhas on Sun 26th Jun 2011 21:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Democracy"
Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

Courtesy of Socrates, something to the effect of "most people are idiots, if most people think something is a good idea, it probably isn't"

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RE[3]: Democracy
by spiderman on Mon 27th Jun 2011 09:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Democracy"
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

Unfortunately many people do not get what democracy is about. Hint: it is not about voting for a puppet once every n years or about voting for laws you know nothing about. Democracy is the power to the people. It involves education, information, economic access to all kind of resources, etc... Free school for everybody is democratic, free public transportation is democratic, distributing food to the people in need improves democracy. Voting with no real understanding about what this is about is not democratic at all, it is just entertainment.

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RE[4]: Democracy
by viton on Mon 27th Jun 2011 16:54 in reply to "RE[3]: Democracy"
viton Member since:
2005-08-09

Free communications and access to information is the most important ones. Soviet Union did most things you mentioned, but it was far from being democratic.
All communism-plagued countries suffered from it.

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RE[4]: Democracy
by stanbr on Mon 27th Jun 2011 17:03 in reply to "RE[3]: Democracy"
stanbr Member since:
2009-05-22

Good point. But the majority of society right now is too idiot to decide. So, until we have a nice educated society, democracy makes no sense. A benevolent dictator probably would be a better approach. Too bad it's not that easy to find one ;)

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RE[4]: Democracy
by hscottyh on Tue 28th Jun 2011 17:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Democracy"
hscottyh Member since:
2010-10-29

Democracy sucks! The USA is not supposed to be a democracy. Democracy is majority rule. Ben Franklin said, "Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what's for dinner".

The USA is supposed to be a republic based on the rule of law where the rights of the individual are protected above the rights of any group. That's what it's supposed to be, sadly it hasn't been a true republic in a long time.

Oh and nothing in life is free. There is no such thing as free schools. You have to rob from one group to give to another for anything the government provides. That is theft.

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