Tag Archive | "Democracy"

Resolved, that a Republic is more desirable than a Democracy.

A republic is defined as “a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote” while a democracy is “a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and by their elected agents under a free electoral system.” The United States was founded in a truly democratic system: our “supreme power” lies is our ability to elect officials to represent us. Would a system without an Electoral College and representatives be better suited to to this modern society? Which is the best way to express the freedoms our country was founded on?

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Resolved, that the US historically hinders democracy more than it promotes on an international level.

The United States has occupied a position of respect and responsibility as one of the most powerful countries, historically in the Western Hemisphere and, more recently, in the world. Although the world’s oldest modern democracy, the United States has a mixed record supporting democracy in the world. In WWII, the US fought to suppress European fascism and restore democracy. We have advocated greater democracy in Asia and supported South Korea in the face of communism. However, the US also supported numerous Latin American dictatorships in the name of economic self-interest and communist eradication.  America’s influence in the world is undeniably great, but does our country promote or discourage the very ideals on which it was established?

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Thought Talk: What role do social networking websites play in the spread of democratic values?

During the 2008 campaign, media tools like Facebook and Twitter were what brought the Democrats much of their success. Politicians have become more involved in social networking, like John Walsh, the chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, who responds quickly to questions asked through Twitter. The Internet has made politics more accessible to more people. After the first few months of the Obama Administration, the twenty-five federal government agencies have YouTube channels, the Library of Congress has thousands of free historical pictures posted on Flickr, and more than thirty agencies, including the White House, joined Facebook. Recently, Republican Scott Brown has also gained popularity on Twitter and other social networking sites. What kind of an effect do the sites have on the Democratic Party itself? How else do they affect the political world?

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