Democracy is surely the highest ideal that has historically developed social life. The underlying principle of democracy is: “what concerns all should be able to be considered and decided by all.”
It has many forms: direct, as it is lived in Switzerland, where all people participate in decisions via referendum.
The representative, in which more complex societies elect delegates, on behalf of all, discuss and make decisions. The big problem now is that representative democracy is unable to rally the forces of a complex society with its social movements. In societies of high inequality, such as Brazil, representative democracy assumes characteristics of unreality, if not farce. Every four or five years, citizens have the possibility to choose their “dictator” who, once elected, is more concerned with making a palatial policy to establish an organic relationship with the social forces.
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The man promised to be “happiest if he was wrong” and unfortunately my happiness lasted very little.
Not yet completed the World Cup. Still missing six days for the final match.
What an extraordinary opportunity will be lost possibly the Yankee empire and fascist state of Israel to keep away the minds of the vast majority of the inhabitants of the planet of its fundamental problems?
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The agreement between Lula and Prime Minister of Turkey with Iran regarding uranium enrichment for peaceful purposes has a uniqueness that should be highlighted. Was achieved through dialogue, mutual trust that arises from looking at their eyes and negotiation in the logic of the win-win. No intimidation, imposition, threats, pressures of all kinds, or demonizing the other.
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The press and political power have something in common. In a democracy, both depend on people they are elected.
Neither can be imposed on other voters. The policy may buy some, you can rent them, you can induce them with false promises. But not always, not all the time.
The press can seduce with sensationalism, catch with the illness and get the unconditional support of extremist conspiracy theories and patriotic campaigns. But not all the time, not ever.
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Nothing sounds more rude that the word corruption in a country where the practice was the nothing of the Colorado Party that ruled uninterrupted 60 years and whose legacy is a country mired in poverty.
Nothing generates so much outrage as the repetition of such defects as a common practice of those who exercise power through the civil service.
Nothing generates so much irritation as the reaction of senior corporate officials to defend the accused, citing rehmannia conspiraticias theories.
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Orlando Zapata Castro dissident died after 85 days of hunger strike and amid allegations of torture and mistreatment. I was in prison since 2003 for participating in a hunger strike. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison but his sentence was extended to 25 years for various crimes, such as contempt, public disorder and resistance.
Guillermo Farinas, a freelance journalist, made a hunger strike since 26 February, calling for the release of political prisoners in Cuba. Ex-military elite troops, Castro was a radical, but walked away after the shooting of a general. Is boarding school and, like Zapata, is determined to die for their cause.
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