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Aug 31 2014
 by Bill B. May

DEMOCRACY

Greenfield Reviews Thornton

Thornton has written a book about democracy (I haven't read it but will).   The failures of democracy are illuminated in the article by Daniel Greenfield.  Indeed, democracy is a tyranny of the majority.  In Greenfields' article these issues are laid out fairly well but no solutions are offered.   I have a solution:  Government by its constitution should be limited to resolving conflicts of liberty.  For a democratic solution to aid one group of the population means that another group has to be damaged.  That is a simple violation of liberty and given a fair evaluation of the issue, minorities could not be discriminated against.  Democracy probably still needs to be engaged but only to elect those who form the jury that decides these conflicts.  Whether this can protect a minority is still an issue.  We need to experiment. 

THE CONSTITUTION

Lessons From The Romans

Lawrence Reed writes about the basis of the Roman Republic, starting with its basis in a constitution and a democracy and how it destroyed itself through evil men.   Of course, Reed likens that to the American situation, a couple millenniums later.  The interesting part for me is that we have not yet arrived at an ideal basis for government, and maybe never will but we must keep striving.  The constitutions that formed these empires were not strong enough to withstand evil and the democracies began to be a tyranny.   Each was an improvement over other experiments and other times.  But they still failed in the end as it did in Rome and as it seems to be failing in America today.   That is why I keep looking for a constitution that focuses entirely on the liberty of man.   If it were strong enough to fairly decide matters of liberty, then many of the faults of today's American experiment would be overcome.   But some other fault uncovered by evil men might well surface. 

RUSSIA NEWS

Western Sanctions And Rising Debts Are

Already Strangling The Russian Economy

Paul Roderick Gregory writes that Russia is in deep trouble economically.  Western sanctions have made a serious impact on Russia's ability to finance its business, particularly to invest in its energy resources.  I'm no fan of Obama, but if he led this effort, I have to commend him.  Hurting Russia economically is a lot better than doing it with military efforts when Putin gets out of line. 

Putin: ‘I Want To Remind You That

Russia Is One Of The Leading Nuclear

Powers’

Russian President Vladimir Putin had a message for the international community on Friday: “It’s best not to mess with us.”
While speaking at a pro-Kremlin youth camp on Friday, Mr. Putin downplayed the Kremlin’s involvement in destabilizing eastern Ukraine while sending a message to Western nations that he isn’t afraid to use force to forward Russian interests.
 
Good old friend, Putin. 

WAR IN IRAQ

Iraqi forces break militant siege of Shiite

town

Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, following U.S. airstrikes against the Sunni militants' positions, officials said.

BANKRUPTCY

Detroit Raced Toward This Week's

Bankruptcy Trial

It took decades of mismanagement, malfeasance and meltdowns in its bread-and-butter manufacturing sector for Detroit to hit fiscal rock bottom. The path to exit bankruptcy could take less than a year and a half.
 
Too bad they didn't do the same thing with GM and Chrysler. 
 

NEWSBALANCE

We post many more articles than highlighted on this page.   Some are highly ranked but don't meet my notion of deserving special attention, perhaps because they were covered recently.   I invite you to peruse all the posted articles, or maybe just the liberal ones or the conservative ones.  
 
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