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Do we like democracy?
Yes
54%
 54%  [ 17 ]
No
6%
 6%  [ 2 ]
Meh...
38%
 38%  [ 12 ]
Total Votes : 31

Jenny
47300.  Mon Jan 23, 2006 2:08 pm Reply with quote

If there isn't anybody who I really think is a great candidate, I usually end up voting for whoever looks like the least worst, on the grounds that some bugger will be elected anyway and I might as well contribute towards it being the one I dislike least.

 
Gray
47325.  Mon Jan 23, 2006 4:14 pm Reply with quote

Most votes are, I expect, 'votes against', and this is reflected in the form that American (and now British) election campaigns follow: mud-slinging.

 
mckeonj
47345.  Mon Jan 23, 2006 5:36 pm Reply with quote

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Incidentally I think the quoted section intends to communicate that the citizens of the Athenian style democracy cannot have a job rather than that they can not have a job.

May I draw your attention to the Shavian distinction between 'can' and 'may'? A lady of my acquaintance told me that as a schoolgirl, she wrote to GBS, "Dear Mr Shaw, Can we perform your play "Passion, Poison, and Petrefaction" at the school concert?" . His reply; "I am sure you can, my dear, the question is; whether you may."

 
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Jenny
47418.  Tue Jan 24, 2006 9:49 am Reply with quote

While I would defend Garrick's right not to vote, it does seem to me that not exercising the very limited influence you have because you can't exercise all the influence you want is a bit counter-productive. Garrick - maybe you should run for office :-)

Any thoughts on the issue that for evil to triumph all that is necessary is for good men to do nothing?

 
Celebaelin
47435.  Tue Jan 24, 2006 10:59 am Reply with quote

Nothing of note, except that that might be the true meaning of the sin of sloth.

 
mckeonj
47454.  Tue Jan 24, 2006 11:59 am Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
Any thoughts on the issue that for evil to triumph all that is necessary is for good men to do nothing?

You may add 'The price of freedom is eternal vigilance'.

 
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eggshaped
47466.  Tue Jan 24, 2006 12:58 pm Reply with quote

What about having the studio audience democratically electing the winner of a show.

 
djgordy
47467.  Tue Jan 24, 2006 1:00 pm Reply with quote

I'll just bet 10,000 on Alan Davies winning that one.

 
eggshaped
47468.  Tue Jan 24, 2006 1:02 pm Reply with quote

Aye, at which point SF can declare a dictatorship to restore order.

 
dr.bob
47594.  Wed Jan 25, 2006 6:29 am Reply with quote



I believe I remember seeing this. At least, I saw Tony Banks win a spliff-rolling contest. I wonder how many he entered.

My memory of the event, though, was that the second place competitor was the guy from Withnail & I who really could roll a Camberwell Carrot. Tony Banks' spliff was rather more weedy, but won the contest on the basis of length. He also christened it the "John Major" on the basis that it looked like a limp dick.

Obviously this was before all the revelations about Edwina Curry came out :)

 
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