The Different Governments, Power to the People to Power to One

I’ve wrote a lot on Freedom and how much government you need. Let’s examine the different forms of government:

A monarchy is a form of government in which all political power is absolutely or nominally lodged with an individual or individuals. As a political entity, the monarch is the head of state, generally until their death or abdication, and “is wholly set apart from all other members of the state.”[1] The person who heads a monarchy is called a monarch. It was a common form of government in the world during ancient and medieval times.

Problem is all that power is in the hands of an elite family line. Only way to end this is to wipe out the Royalty. You just hoped that whoever was in charge was benevolent. This is the system the Founder’s flipped the finger to.

A dictatorship is defined as an autocratic form of government in which the government is ruled by an individual, the dictator. It has three possible meanings:

1. A Roman dictator was the incumbent of a political office of the Roman Republic. Roman dictators were allocated absolute power during times of emergency. Their power was originally neither arbitrary nor unaccountable, being subject to law and requiring retrospective justification. There were no such dictatorships after the beginning of the 2nd century BC, and later dictators such as Sulla and the Roman Emperors exercised power much more personally and arbitrarily.
2. A government controlled by one person or a small group of people. In this form of government the power rests with one person. Such power is often obtained forcibly. A dictator usually takes away much of people’s freedom.
3. In contemporary usage, dictatorship refers to an autocratic form of absolute rule by leadership unrestricted by law, constitutions, or other social and political factors within the state.

In the twentieth century and early twenty-first century, hereditary dictatorship remained a relatively common phenomenon.

For some scholars, dictatorship is a form of government that has the power to govern without consent of those being governed (similar to authoritarianism), while totalitarianism describes a state that regulates nearly every aspect of public and private behavior of the people. In other words, dictatorship concerns the source of the governing power (where the power comes from) and totalitarianism concerns the scope of the governing power (what is the government). In this sense, dictatorship (government without people’s consent) is a contrast to democracy (government whose power comes from people) and totalitarianism (government controls every aspect of people’s life) opposes pluralism (government allows multiple lifestyles and opinions). Though the definitions of the terms differ, they are related in reality as most of the dictatorship states tend to show totalitarian characteristics. When governments’ power does not come from the people, their power is not limited and tend to expand their scope of power to control every aspect of people’s life.

And should note that a lot of dictators, were democratically elected, i.e Hitler, Chavez, and Castro.

Theocracy is a form of government in which a god or deity is recognized as the state’s supreme civil ruler,[1] or in a higher sense, a form of government in which a state is governed by immediate divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divinely guided.[2] In Common Greek, “theocracy” means a rule [kra′tos] by God [the.os′]. For believers, theocracy is a form of government in which divine power governs an earthly human state, either in a personal incarnation or, more often, via religious institutional representatives (i.e., a church), replacing or dominating civil government.[3] Theocratic governments enact theonomic laws.

This is found in Iran and Saudi Arabia, where all the powers come from a religious leaders interpretation. Also found in the Dark Ages when the Catholic Church ruled, or various kings exercised power by twisting a religion to their desires.

Democracy is a political form of government where governing power is derived from the people, either by direct referendum (direct democracy) or by means of elected representatives of the people (representative democracy).

The problem with this is, successful propaganda can influence the people, fear, different persuasive tactics, and in a representative government, people pass the buck, fall in apathy, and wake up one morning, pull their head out of their ass and wonder what the hell happened. As long as people pay attention and THINK, then a democracy can work pretty well. As long as they make sure the Bill of Rights are recognized. A line in the sand, you don’t want a majority voting away your right to defend yourself, jury trials, etc. And with the Patriot Act, the encroachment of socialism and totalitarianism, the Republic is going to crap.

Anarchy is impossible, eventually most people will gather for protection, become a tribe, herd, whatever. And institute a form of government. Maybe why I like the History around the Mountain Men in the early 1800’s, their law was survival, tooth, fang and claw. The judge was their minds, the Jury, their heart, the executioner, was whatever weapons they had.

Actually if their was Anarchy the only freedom you would have is to do whatever you want. In the animal kingdom, their are hierarchies in certain species. Unless it’s a solitary species( not a herding/pack species) and then total freedom is still non-existent, you’re a slave to survival. Find food, shelter and water. Also defense. You could put that off, but die due to your procrastination. Unless your God, freedom is an illusion.

*Quotes from Wikipedia*

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