Re: virus: A new government, for the people, by the people.

Robin Faichney (
Fri, 20 Jun 1997 16:00:00 +0100

John ''Black UN Helicopters'' Williams wrote:
>[someone wrote]
>>Anyway, as I see it the entire idea of a government is _founded_ on
>>idea that what is popular is right.

Umm, I think you can the democrats a little more credit than
that. The idea is not, doing what's popular will lead to the best
results, in objective terms, but doing what's pop is *morally*
correct. And it will lead to the minimum of unrest in the

>That's the foundation of a "true democracy," not government in general.
>Indeed (and I can only speak of the US government here, thanks to
>Norteamericanocentric education) that's explicitly *not* the basis of
>US government. Our government was set up with the notion that we would
>for people who would be expected to represent us -- not represent us in
>sense of "doing what we told them," but in the sense of ruling for us.
>were expected to know the issues better than we did, generally

That's representative democracy, and it's the only sort that's
been tried on a large scale as far as I know (which isn't far).