A critique of Eric X. Li’s “A tale of two political systems” | TED Blog
“. . . democracy is superior to every other political system so far invented by human beings. . . ”
I guess he was never told about the “republican form of government”. (Art.4, Sec.4, USCON)
No doubt you have heard the saying: America’s form of government is not perfect, but it’s the best there is. If that is true, why doesn’t any other nation ON EARTH have a republican form of government? Remember, a democracy, even a representative democracy, is NOT a republican form.
What is “BEST” about a republican form?
In the republican form, the people are the sovereigns, served by government.
In every other nation on Earth, the people are subjects, who serve their respective governments – elected or not.
THAT is the crucial difference.
AND that it is omitted from the education of most Americans is very curious.
GOVERNMENT (Republican Form of Government)- One in which the powers of sovereignty are vested in the people and are exercised by the people … directly
- - - Black’s Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, P. 695
SUBJECT - One that owes allegiance to a sovereign and is governed by his laws.
...Men in free governments are subjects as well as citizens; as citizens they enjoy rights and franchises; as subjects they are bound to obey the laws. The term is little used, in this sense, in countries enjoying a republican form of government.
- - - Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, p. 1425
In countries like the USA, that ENJOY a republican form, men (people) are not presumed to be subjects. They are the sovereigns directly exercising the power of "self-government."