Democracy

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This page is about the ideology that advocates for a political system based on voting. For the ideology of the US Democratic Party see Big Tent Liberalism, Third Way or Social Liberalism.

"Democracy is not a beloved Republic really, and never will be. But it is less hateful than other contemporary forms of government, and to that extent it deserves our support. It does start from the assumption that the individual is important, and that all types are needed to make a civilization. It does not divide its citizens into the bossers and the bossed — as an efficiency-regime tends to do. The people I admire most are those who are sensitive and want to create something or discover something, and do not see life in terms of power, and such people get more of a chance under a democracy than elsewhere."

Democracy (Dem) is a non-quadrant ideology used to represent democracy without any more adjectives. Dem believes that the people residing within a state all have the right to decide rules, policies, leaders, etc. based off what most people want. Dem is also not to be confused with Republicanism.

Variants

Sub-Ideologies

Representative Democracy

Representative democracy also called Republican democracy or indirect democracy is a form of government in which the people elect representatives who administer, establish and execute all the population's interests. This is by far the most common variant, with almost all established democracies currently using it.

Semi-Direct Democracy

Semi-direct democracy (also called a Participatory Democracy) is a variant of democracy that combines direct and representative democracy. In this system, the rulers are elected by the people, but the citizens maintain sovereignty through, for example: referendum, public consultation, popular initiative, and revocation of the mandate. It is currently practiced in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and at the local level in most of the United States.

Direct Democracy

Direct Democracy is a variant where the population is given full control over policy-making rather than having to elect legislators like in a Representative Democracy. Historically practiced in Ancient Greece in the city of Athens, Revolutionary France and the Paris Commune, it is nowadays practiced in the autonomous region of Rojava and in Chiapas.

Moderate Pluralism

Moderate pluralism is a political science term that refers to a multiparty system in which ideological differences between parties are small. It is also known as a limited multiparty system or a moderate multiparty system. It was proposed by political scientist Giovanni Sartori. This system was proposed to avoid gridlock found in multiparty systems and to avoid polarization and remove disputes over the system they work in.

Liberal Democracy

See: Liberalism

Defensive Democracy

Defensive democracy is a term referring to the collection of laws, delegated legislation, and court rulings that limit certain rights and freedoms in a democratic society to protect the existence of the state, its democratic character, institutions, and human rights. The term describes a major conflict that may emerge in a democratic country between compliance with democratic values, particularly freedom of association and the right to be elected, and between preventing anti-democratic parties, groups, and persons from abusing these principles.

In certain democratic states, there are additional special distinctions, supported by a notable section of the population, which justify defensive democracy. However, the question of in what situations the use of defensive democracy is justified without this being considered excessive repression of civil rights is disputed. To some extent, this can be argued to be a form of Illiberal Democracy.

Economic Democracy

Economic democracy (sometimes called a Democratic Economy) is a socioeconomic philosophy that proposes to shift ownership and decision-making power from corporate shareholders and corporate managers (such as a board of directors) to a larger group of public stakeholders that includes workers, consumers, suppliers, communities and the broader public.

Non-Partisan Democracy

Nonpartisan democracy, also known as a No-Party Democracy, is a system of representative government or organization such that universal and periodic elections take place without reference to political parties. Sometimes electioneering and even speaking about candidates may be discouraged, so as not to prejudice others' decisions or create a contentious atmosphere.

Demobureaucracy

Demobureaucracy is a term referring to the hypothetical system where the right to be elected by the general public extends at least throughout the seniormost offices in public administration. The term may describe various processes whereby the administrative offices are generally elected from a pool of self or chief-executive-selected, but particularly chief-executive-selected candidates. To some extent, this can be argued to be what Woodrow Wilson was trying to talk about in this passage of an article he wrote:

But to fear the creation of a domineering, illiberal officialism as a result of the studies I am here proposing is to miss altogether the principle upon which I wish most to insist. That principle is, that administration in the United States must be at all points sensitive to public opinion. A body of thoroughly trained officials serving during good behavior we must have in any case: that is a plain business necessity. But the apprehension that such a body will be anything un-American clears away the moment it is asked. What is to constitute good behavior? For that question obviously carries its own answer on its face. Steady, hearty allegiance to the policy of the government they serve will constitute good behavior. That policy will have no taint of officialism about it. It will not be the creation of permanent officials, but of statesmen whose responsibility to public opinion will be direct and inevitable. Bureaucracy can exist only where the whole service of the state is removed from the common political life of the people, its chiefs as well as its rank and file. Its motives, its objects, its policy, its standards, must be bureaucratic. It would be difficult to point out any examples of impudent exclusiveness and arbitrariness on the part of officials doing service under a chief of department who really served the people, as all our chiefs of departments must be made to do. It would be easy, on the other hand, to adduce other instances like that of the influence of Stein in Prussia, where the leadership of one statesman imbued with true public spirit transformed arrogant and perfunctory bureaux into public-spirited instruments of just government.

Democratic Globalization

Democratic Globalization is social movement which is aimed for the creation of a institutional system of global democracy. This social movement stems from the international theory of cosmopolitanism. The stated purpose of democratic globalization by proponents is to make people around the world more united. This form of globalization differs from economic globalization, as some proponents of the anti-globalist movement do not necessarily disagree with these positions.

Deliberative Democracy

Deliberative democracy is a form of democracy in which deliberation is considered central to good legislation. It adopts elements of both consensus decision-making and majority rule. Deliberative democracy differs from traditional democratic theory in that authentic deliberation, not mere voting, is the primary source of legitimacy for the law. Deliberative democracy is closely related to consultative democracy, in which public consultation with citizens is central to democratic processes.

Democratic Centralism

Democratic Centralism is a practice in which political decisions reached by voting processes are binding upon all members of the political party. It is mainly associated with Leninism, wherein the party's political vanguard of professional revolutionaries practized democratic centralism to elect leaders and officers, determine policy through free discussion, and decisively realize it through united action. Democratic centralism has also been practiced by social democratic and democratic socialist parties as well.

Democratic Transhumanism

See: Democratic Transhumanism

Flag of Democratic Transhumanism

Democratic Transhumanism, shortened to Demh+, is a democratic, often culturally progressive, pro-technology ideology.

Democratic Transhumanism believes that the concept of Transhumanism would fit within a liberal, social and/or radical democratic society, supporting equal access to human enhancement technologies in order to promote social equality and to prevent further divide between the socioeconomic classes.

James Hughes has referred to " techno-progressivism" as another name for Democratic Transhumanism, but it can also refer to the support of both technological and social reform in general.

Personality

In all contexts in which there's a debate, Dem will always suggest it to settle out with a vote. Sometimes in a comedic context, Dem might support a radical decision simply because there was a vote on it.

How to Draw

Representative Democracy

Flag of Democracy

The design of Democracy utilizes this flag uploaded to Wikimedia Commons in 2011.

  1. Draw a ball with eyes.
  2. Separate the Ball into 3 roughly equal sized sections;
    1. Blue, on the left, in a triangle-like shape,
    2. Red, the bottom right,
    3. Green, top right.
  3. In the middle draw a white circle.
  4. Around the middle Circle draw smaller circles with the colours mentioned before (Red, Green and Blue) and the 3 combinations of those colours (Yellow, Purple and Cyan) in a positions physically opposite of each other.

You're done!

Color Name HEX RGB
Green #21B14C 33, 177, 76
Blue #3F47CB 63, 71, 203
Red #EC1D24 236, 29, 36
Magenta #FF00FF 255, 0, 255
Purple #7F00FF 127, 0, 255
Light Blue #006EFF 0, 110, 255
Cyan #00DDFF 0, 221, 255
Yellow-Green #7FDD00 127, 221, 0
Yellow #FFDD00 255, 221, 0
Orange #FF6E00 255, 110, 0


Semi-Direct Democracy

  1. Draw a ball.
  2. Draw a top-to-bottom tricolor of green, blue and red.
  3. Add three white lines across the blue stripe. Make sure they don't reach the edges of the ball.
  4. Add eyes.

You're done!

Direct Democracy

  1. Draw a ball
  2. Fill it with the colour white
  3. Add three coloured lines across the middle;
    1. Green as the top line,
    2. Blue as the middle,
    3. Red as the bottom.
  4. Add eyes.

You're done!

Defensive Democracy

  1. Draw a ball with eyes.
  2. Separate the ball into 3 roughly equal sized sections;
    1. White, on the left, in a triangle-like shape,
    2. Light Cyan, at the bottom right,
    3. Black, top right.
  3. In the middle draw a circle with Dark Cyan.
  4. Around the circle draw 12 smaller circles, all with a colour from the previous section, in a clock-wise manner; i.e 4 Black circles in the Light Cyan section, 4 Light Cyan ones in the White section, etc.
  5. Draw a nurse cap, colour it with Soft Cyan.
    1. Add a Dark Cyan cross to the hat.

You're done!

Color Name HEX RGB
Light Cyan #71CACC 113, 202, 204
Black #141414 20, 20, 20
White #FFFFFF 255, 255, 255
Soft Cyan #8BDFDC 139, 223, 220
Dark Cyan #308FA6 48, 143, 166


Demobureaucracy

  1. Draw a ball with eyes.
  2. Separate the ball into 3 roughly equal sized sections;
    1. White, on the left, in a triangle-like shape,
    2. Half Light and half Dark Cyan, at the bottom right,
    3. Black, top right.
  3. In the middle draw a circle with Dark Cyan.
  4. Around the circle draw 12 smaller circles, all with a colour from the previous section, in a clock-wise manner; i.e 4 Black circles in the Half-Light-Half-Dark Cyan section, 2 Light Cyan and 2 Dark Cyan ones in the White section, etc.
  5. Draw the glasses.

You're done!

Color Name HEX RGB
Light Cyan #71CACC 113, 202, 204
Black #141414 20, 20, 20
White #FFFFFF 255, 255, 255
Dark Cyan #308FA6 48, 143, 166


Relationships

Voters

Frenemies

  • Illiberal Democracy - My inauthentic and more authoritarian child. Do you seriously think suppressing political opponents makes for a genuine democracy?
    • The people voted to suppress them. I do what the majority wants.
  • Ochlocracy - Aren't you just a direct version of illibdem?
  • Demarchy - While you do represent the will of the people, are you sure what you're doing is good?
  • Progressivism - We both support human rights. But some of you hate democratic countries like Israel and support authoritarian regimes like North Vietnam. As much as I dislike him for supporting and setting up authoritarian regimes, I actually dislike him less than you dislike him, because he also sets up democracies. Also, some of your variants are authoritarian.
  • Pacifism - Democratic Countries are more pacifist to other Democratic Countries than Authoritarian Countries to any other Country (Democratic or Authoritarian). But violence is justified when it is to defend a Democratic Country from being attacked by an Authoritarian Regime or to overthrow an Authoritarian Regime to replace it with a Democracy. I even supported him during the Iraq and Afghan wars.
  • Particracy - It's not like I hate the concept of political parties, but in many places, you wound up causing a lot of harm to the democratic process. Also, your authoritarian variants are obviously pretty cringe.
  • Neoconservatism - In the Cold War you were a hypocrite for calling out the USSR for backing up foreign dictatorships and overthrowing democracies to replace them with authoritarian regimes when you did the same thing (like overthrowing Chile's Democracy and replacing it with him). I especially hate Kissinger. I'm glad that you no longer overthrow democracies and replace them with authoritarian regimes, but you still back up foreign dictatorships (although not as much as you used to). I do like that the USA is democratic, and you also overthrow authoritarian regimes and replace them with democracies like Japan.
  • Mandelaism - Thank you for ending Apartheid in South Africa. I do get that Israel and the United States supported your former racist self, but you are no better than them by being friends with dictators like these three.
  • Mediocracy - Thanks, I hate the fact he is technically right and that I always feel self-hatred when I see him...
  • Anarchism - Her entire family is against my "representative" variant, but most of her children are favorable towards my "direct" variant.
  • Tridemism - My Georgist and nationalist counterpart... who overthrew the Qing Dynasty to make China democratic, but Chang-Kai Shek and Chang Ching-kuo are cringe dictators.
  • Kemalism - Similar to the above, but Turkish.
  • Jacobinism - Similar to both above, but French.
  • Pancasila - Although you were authoritarian in the 20th century, you are now democratic.
  • Democratism - Please get rid of the electoral college and watch out for his influence, and then you will fully live up to your name. But at least you try.
  • Authoritarianism - The people should have their say! Though sometimes the people want an authoritarian leader.
  • Populism - I don’t really dislike you as you can help me sometimes, but some authoritarians often use you to achieve their goals.
  • Every other ideology is not explicitly against him.

Tyrants

  • Totalitarianism - YOU ARE EVIL! Just ignore that we're compatible
  • Autocracy - The people should make decisions, not you!
  • Fascism - Can't handle just one vote?
  • Marxism-Leninism - No, your little "vanguard" oligarchy/autocracy is not a democracy lol.
  • Absolute Monarchism - Your system is outdated nowadays. You won't be missed anyway.
  • Hoppeanism - He wants to physically remove me.
  • Anarcho-Egoism - No.
  • Post-Leftism - NO!
  • Anarcho-Fascism and Anarcho-Totalitarianism - Just... Why???
  • Technocracy - Thinks he's soooo smart and not just a fancy Oligarchy.
  • Fools and more - Those guys used me to destroy me. But they failed and killed themselves or got exiled, respectively.
  • Herrenvolk Democracy - I want all races to be free, not just one race.
  • Imperialism - Colonization is very undemocratic for the natives living in the colonies although Hong Kong was more democratic when it was a British Colony.
  • Ho Chi Minh Thought - Although I hate this person, I wanted all of Vietnam to be democratic. In the late 60's to early 70's South Vietnam was in the process of democratization, and the South if not all of Vietnam could be democratic if it wasn't for this guy pressuring America to pull out of Vietnam.
  • Ilminism - May 18th 1980 NEVER FORGET! I am glad that South Korea is doing much better.
  • Juche & Pol Potism - Stop saying you’re democratic as you never listen to the people!
  • Jihadism - Are you freaking kidding me!? Stop terrorizing people and trying to destroy me, you terrorist!
  • Castroism - While we both hate Batista's dictatorship, you are worse than the dictatorship you overthrew. Even though Diaz Canal legalized same-sex marriage, Cuba is still an Authoritarian One-Party State. I've been waiting decades for Cuba to be democratic once again.
  • Khomeinism - While we both are mad at Neoconservatism for pushing Iran's Constitutional Monarchy back into an Absolute Monarchy, you are worse than the Absolute Monarchy you overthrew. I've been waiting decades for Iran to be democratic once again.
  • Henry Kissinger - Operation Condor was terrible, you aided the PRC's rise, and you abandoned Vietnam to the commies when South Vietnam was starting to be more democratic and less anti-Buddhist.
  • State Liberalism - And what if people don't follow your ideas and prefer to vote for someone else?
  • Stratocracy - Bad dog, the military should not be the government, and MacArthur was pro-Democracy of all things.[1]
  • Anarcho-Nihilism - He laughs at me when I say freedom and democracy. Is he not a fan of freedom?
  • Reactionaryism - Why do you hate me? I predate the Enlightenment by like two thousand years.
    • - Thou art nothing like him, thou art pr*gressive and just a rule of the retarded.

Further Information

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "MacArthur on Democracy", MadInTheMiddle, blogpost. 2007.
  2. "Allied occupation of Japan", Wikipedia.org.

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