March 12, 2015 by Ted 14 Comments The Origin of Democracy Aristocracy or the rule of the elite is in term the antonym of democracy. But while theoretically these definitions are in opposition, in practice the distin...
Hussain Fahmy says
“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and
murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit
suicide. It is in vain to say that democracy is less vain, less proud, less
selfish, less ambitious, or less avaricious than aristocracy or monarchy.
It is not true, in fact, and nowhere appears in history. Those passions are
the same in all men, under all forms of simple government, and when
unchecked, produce the same effects of fraud, violence, and cruelty. When
clear prospects are opened before vanity, pride, avarice, or ambition, for
their easy gratification, it is hard for the most considerate philosophers
and the most conscientious moralists to resist the temptation. Individuals
have conquered themselves. Nations and large bodies of men, never.”
— John Adams (1797-1801) Second President of the United States and Patriot
I hadnt realized this was PressTV’s doc until around 38mins, but by then
there were more questions than answers. Then I realized who the producer
was and it became clear why the sparsity on details specifically on the
persia side. The theocratic ‘democracy’ (oxymoron in itself) that made
this documentary has just one take away for you, greece and athens =
failure because of secularism which produces an ‘ephemeral democracy’, and
rome = corrupt military state using christianity as its weapon. while
ancient persia ‘listened’ to the higher power and had a stronger democracy
and will of the people because yes (*cough* Khamenei is wise and
intelligent *cough*)… Disappointed mostly because the act of omission
was pretty glaring. Oh yes and be scared of democracy, even if it happened,
its still bad.
Logan Crouch says
Isn’t a theocratic dictatorship the same thing as having the “needing the
approval of the gods in order to rule”? And as a governmental system, this
will no doubt be abused by the more opportunistic rulers to gain power by
convincing people of it. To chastise western society for it’s political
corruption while praising Persia for it’s theocracy and ignoring it’s
corruption, is somewhat dishonest to say the least. This documentary is a
great disappointment to me. It is guilty of the very same fallacy of
“leaving out important details” that it lays at the feet of western
philosophers. (like the internal turmoil of having a rapid succession of
kings in Persia or actual comparisons to the quality of life people have in
these western democracies verses that of the great Persia) Indeed, if the
motives of western philosophy and government for having these omissions is
to promote power and slavery (a very substantiated claim that I would love
to see backed up here), I truly wonder what the motives are of this work in
making it’s omissions.
Nephilim Slain says
I couldn’t watch all of it, I thought it was on the ‘origins’ of democracy
“Sacred Christian Empire”
And if the music suggests anything it was ruled over by Kratos.
xavier diaz says
one of the songs are the them song to god of war
ayesha khan says
Edi Bosnic says
“Rome, great Christian empire…” ???
I hate American documentaries….
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THE ORIGIN of DEMOCRACY