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    Young Australians Not Convinced Democracy is Best Form of Government, Survey Finds

    Winston Churchill probably said it best, "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."

    But it seems the lessons of the past are fast being forgotten, with a new survey showing how Australia's younger generation does not believe democracy is paramount.

    Just 39 percent of Australians aged 18 to 29 said democracy is better than other forms of government.

    Almost a quarter, 23 percent, believe that "it doesn't matter what kind of government we have," while 37 percent say non-democratic rule can be best.

    The findings are contained in a poll of 1,005 people published by Sydney's Lowy Institute, which also concluded Australians strongly oppose the Afghan war, foreigners buying farm land and the sale of uranium to India.

    Lowy Institute executive director Michael Wesley said he was surprised by "how lightly [Australians] take our democracy" and that it could be because Australia did not have to struggle for its freedom -- or because of "the execrable behavior" of its politicians.

    When the survey was conducted by telephone between March 26 and April 10 -- before the Australian government announced plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan -- 65 percent said the army should pull out of Afghanistan.

    Seventy-four per cent were in favor of bringing up to 2,500 US Marines to train in Darwin, but only 46 percent would favor a bigger deployment -- unless China or Indonesia objected.

    The government allows too much investment from China, said 56 percent, who believe Australian mining and agriculture companies should be kept in Australian hands.

    Australians feel warmest towards New Zealand, by far, followed by the US, Japan, Fiji, Greece, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, Malaysia and China. Least favored is North Korea.
    Source http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/1870203...t-survey-finds

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    This is the reasonable attitude to expect when a democratic government acts against the interests of the majority, no matter who is placed in office. Democracy has failed us as a people, utterly.
    Most people think as they are trained to think, and most people make a majority.

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    Democracy fails all who use it. It's not the hypocrisy, all governments display this at some point or another (nothing is or will be perfect), but the dishonesty. That it works for the people, directed by the will of the people; when in reality is the most dangerous ideology conceived, being able to be manipulated by anyone with half a brain or more to be pulled in any direction for the interests of the few, the detestable tyranny of the majority. Plato's 5 Regime conception has been proved again and again throughout the course of history, we're not separate from it.

    My generation is finally realizing that the ideologies their parents supported and stood behind never worked and is leading to their own disenfranchisement. They have the right idea of recognizing the problem of their government but take the entirely misguided approach of supporting left-leaning ideologues, propagated by pop culture media, yet they're not quite intelligent enough to realize they're being herded by another facet with ulterior motives. Essentially what I see is an extreme polarization of right and left, left winning out by way of demonization of the right. It exemplifies more than ideological struggle, but a paramount moral struggle that divides the West and defines its values.

    In short, it's not about being right or left, but right or wrong. The more radical one becomes, another area of critical thought is being shut down.

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    The findings are contained in a poll of 1,005 people published by Sydney's Lowy Institute, which also concluded Australians strongly oppose the Afghan war, foreigners buying farm land and the sale of uranium to India.

    And they wonder why people object to democracy.

    I guess that they just want a government that is more responsive to their opinions.

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    Who can blame young people of the so-called "liberal democracies" being disillusioned and mistrustful of "democracy"? Look at how so-called "democratic" governments so consistently and so often betray their own people and act against their interests. "Liberal democracy" is a destructive sham.

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    Most democracies have been corrupted, especially representative democracies. I feel a true Constitutional government recognizing human and civil rights with a direct democracy is a recipe for a healthy and happy nation.

    I feel that Switzerland, although not perfect, comes the closest to this platform and they are well armed, wealthy, have one of the lowest crime rates in the world, and the people being mostly satisfied with government affairs.
    "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies."- Thomas Jefferson

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    In Australia we have an election every four years, that is not alot of time to do very much on a grand scale. And if that political party is voted out, the new one usually starts by undoing to some degree what the previous party did. Therefore decisions are made on a short term basis, mistakes have only to be hidden for a short amount of time and even then there is no accountability or consequences anyway.

    Also, what we saw last election was a farce. The Labor party was officially beaten, but as it was a hung vite, they managed to do a deal with the Green Party and formed Government anyway. That in itself is in opinion against the process of democracy.

    So no wonder young people are starting to question it all.

    It's also good to hear the oppose selling farm land and uranium to unstable nations like India.

    They are young and are seeing their future get sold. We might have some hope yet.
    I grew up on a belief of honour, courage and the old world values. The world isn't about that anymore, preferring to die a slow death of fast food and cheap thrills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neophyte View Post
    The findings are contained in a poll of 1,005 people published by Sydney's Lowy Institute, which also concluded Australians strongly oppose the Afghan war, foreigners buying farm land and the sale of uranium to India.

    And they wonder why people object to democracy.

    I guess that they just want a government that is more responsive to their opinions.
    Maybe we should stop using the word "Democracy" and start using a more correct word "Oligarchy".

    In the US we have known that the "Dem-O-Rats, have been scum for years, well excluding the "Minorities" who keep voting them in.

    Why get bogged down in terminology, BS is still BS, no matter what you call it.

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    Democracy is where 51% of the people can vote to take rights away from 100% of the people

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingvaeonic View Post
    Who can blame young people of the so-called "liberal democracies" being disillusioned and mistrustful of "democracy"? Look at how so-called "democratic" governments so consistently and so often betray their own people and act against their interests. "Liberal democracy" is a destructive sham.
    Our experience of 'democracy' surely must guarantee such a result:

    Where after receiving only 39% of the primary vote at one Federal election the Liberal Party ended up with an uncontestable majority in the Lower House of Government.

    Where at another Federal Election the defunct One Nation Party received 20% of the primary vote and ended up with NO REPRESENTATION in the Lower House of Government.

    Where election after election smaller parties, as an e.g. the Greens, receive up to 10% of the primary vote and end up with NO REPRESENTATION in the Lower House of Parliament.

    Add to that, and what we have is a DUOPOLY consistently in power - when you look at either 'major' party what exactly tells them apart? Economically, culturally, on foreign relations they differ only in their wording of their positions. Two sides to the same coin. There is no oppostion allowed to the status quo.

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