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Old May 17 2013, 05:15 AM   #28
Lt. Cheka Wey
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Re: Had we ever seen imperial democracies in Trek?

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I don't think it makes sense to throw these two notions together. If you lead wars and use slaves you are not a democracy.
So the US was not a democracy/constitutional republic during the Vietnam War?
Considering that before the Voting Rights Act of 1965, non-whites effectively could not vote, I would argue that the United States only became a democracy after the Vietnam War started. Before that, it was a pseudo-democratic apartheid state.
I was actually making a point about slavery and mandatory military service, but yours is a fine point too.
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