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Old November 8 2012, 10:40 AM   #21
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Re: VOTE today! And is the Federation a democracy?

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Historically, Democracy was not necessarily a guarantee of freedom, only that "eligible" citizens have a say in what a government does or can do.
Democracy may not be a sufficient condition for freedom, but it is a necessary condition for freedom.

The ancient Greeks had both democracy and slavery side by side.
Depends on your definition of "democracy." I for one would contend that the ancient Greek system was just another form of oligarchy, and that there is no real democracy until you have universal adult suffrage. By that standard, there were no democracies until the 20th Century.

The Klingon government, as already pointed out, has a funny idea of democracy too. A couple of candidates are selected from a few of the most powerful houses, and then they slug it out to see who leads.
There is nothing democratic about the Klingon system, and there's no evidence the Klingons have ever even claimed it to be democratic. A believer in Klingon feudalism would no doubt claim that democracy is illegitimate because political office should not be conferred upon a leader by his inferiors.
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