We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The linked article talks about the eventual reforms in the ancient Greek democracies while skipping the disasters that sparked them. The decisions made in majority-rule Athens during the Peloponnesian War were a string of errors.
Democracy has never been either necessary or sufficient to guarantee liberty on a philosophic basis. Indeed in Republic, Plato implied that the two were almost antithetical, hence his perfect philosopher-kings. A democracy in a society that does not value liberty is little better than a mob; however, an autocracy that values liberty is little better than a pipe dream.
Remember also the rule that any country with "democratic" in its name isn't.
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