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Practical Democracy
"Arriving At Group Decisions"

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GOD'S WORLD, Given to all people, for all people.
"Treat Others As You Would Like To Be Treated."

DEMOCRACY: literally, rule by the people (from the Greek d "people," and kratos, "rule").
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Welcome to Practical Democracy at LoveAllPeople.org.

PURPOSE: Our purpose here is to aid and encourage all people to understand and use the practical methods of Democracy in order to arrive at group decisions, and thereby to attain "the greatest good for the greatest number, with basic rights for all," in accordance with the Will of God and the Natural Law.

At LoveAllPeople.org, we recognize and accept the Golden Rule, "Treat Others As You Would Like To Be Treated," as the clearest expression of God's moral law for all mankind.

We also understand that the Golden Rule leads directly to Democracy and equality under the law, because the Golden Rule directs us to give the same power to others as we would like to have for ourselves, namely, the power to make decisions in matters affecting our lives. How much power? The same as we have ourselves, and this leads immediately to the idea of "one man, one vote," with all votes being of equal weight. So, Democracy is the natural result of applying the Golden Rule to the question: "What kind of government should we have?" Similarly, the Golden Rule leads directly to the idea of equality of all people under the law.

Legitimate governments exist only with the consent of the people governed, and Democracy is the process which best expresses the collective will of the people, and hence, their consent. The Democratic process consists first of electing the representatives and then of allowing the collective will of the representatives to be expressed in assemblies properly regulated by parliamentary procedures.

This page has three main sections: Theory Of Democracy, Holding Fair Elections, and Parliamentary Procedure.

Theory Of Democracy

Thomas Jefferson was the guiding intellect behind the American Revolution and modern Democracy. The largest collection of original Jefferson documents in the world can be found HERE! (also framed below).

The Thomas Jefferson Papers

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Publications On Democracy

A Major Collection Of Online Publications On Democracy and Related Subjects
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Ancient Greek And Latin Library Related To Law And Government

Here is another list of publications on Democracy which I will try to locate for us, either online or printed form. (Some of these also appear on the list above.)

Arendt, Hannah. The Human Condition. 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.
Hamilton, Alexander, John Jay, and James Madison. The Federalist Papers. New York: Penguin, 1987.
Hobbes, Thomas. Leviathan. Ed. by Richard Tuck. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Locke, John. Two Treatises on Government. Ed. by Peter Laslett. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988.
Mill, John Stuart. Considerations on Representative Government. Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 1991.
Pocock, J. G. A. The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1975.
Rousseau, Jean Jacques. The Social Contract and Other Later Political Writings. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Holding Fair Elections

A Commentary On Representative Democracy

A person can grant his "power of attorney" to another person so that the second person can act in behalf of the first. The power of attorney may be unlimited or it may be limited to certain matters. For instance, a few years ago, I granted my limited power of attorney to a friend so that he could act in my behalf in all matters pertaining to the ownership and operation of a taxicab I owned.

Representative Democracy operates just like power of attorney. When we elect a representative to a legislative body, we are in effect granting a limited power of attorney to the elected representative to act in our behalf in all matters pertaining to the legislative body. To me, this is the best way to understand the idea of "representative Democracy." There is nothing mystical or etherial about it: we are simply granting our power of attorney to the elected representative.

DECLARATION ON CRITERIA FOR FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS

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Electoral Code, Republic Of Armenia

LAW OF UKRAINE ON ELECTIONS OF PEOPLE'S DEPUTIES OF UKRAINE

Parliamentary Procedure, "Expressing The Will Of The Assembly."

After all the elected representatives have gathered together in the assembly room, the next step is to somehow produce results which express the collective will of the assembled representatives. This is the job of Parliamentary Procedure. A roomfull of people, ungoverned by Parliamentary Procedure, is not much better than a mob. Thomas Jefferson said that the particular details of the rules are not nearly as important as the fact that some sort of rules exist, and that everybody follows them.
   "And whether these forms be in all cases the most rational or not, is
   really not of so great importance. It is much more material that there
   should be a rule to go by, than what that rule is; that there may be
   an uniformity of proceeding in business, not subject to the caprice of
   the Speaker, or captiousness of the members. It is very material that
   order, decency and regularity, be preserved in a dignified public
   body." - Thomas Jefferson, in "A Manual Of Parliamentary Practice"
   (see below.)
So here is what we need to know about Parliamentary Procedure.

First we have a good basic, practical introduction and online reference to Parliamentary Procedure, suitable for wide. popular use. Then we have Thomas Jefferson's immortal classic document, "A Manual Of Parliamentary Practice," which is just as valuable today as it was two hundred years ago, facing the timeless issues of arriving at group decisions which fairly express the will of its members. Finally, we have an excellent online version of Robert's Rules Of Order, Revised, which has been the standard text in the USA for about a hundred years.

Introduction And Online Reference

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Thomas Jefferson's A MANUAL OF PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICE

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ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER, REVISED

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OTHER EXTERNAL LINKS

The FindLaw.com pages on the U. S. Constitution
http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/constitution/

USConstitution.net

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