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posted on 18 October 2017

American Political Taxonomy Simplified

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America is deeply in trouble. Three examples:

  1. At $20 trillion in debt, we are almost insolvent as a nation.
  2. Wars. Yes, Afghanistan is now the new Vietnam for America!
  3. At least 59 killed in Las Vegas shooting rampage, more than 500 others injured.

What’s the root cause? It’s the political system, stupid! In other words, we must reform our political system, for which we must simplify American political taxonomy!

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Three most basic terms: "constitutional republic", "representative democracy", and "representative republic". All of them should be removed from American political taxonomy! Two main reasons:

  1. They are redundant at best!
  2. They are confusing at least!

Let me elaborate ...

1. They are redundant

All republics are constitutional, as they all have constitutions.

All democracies (i.e. one person, one vote) are representative, as it's just impossible for everybody to vote on everything. Instead, we elect representatives to vote for us, at various levels (e.g. local, state, and federal).

All republics are representative, with or without democracy.

2. They are confusing

The first democracy (i.e. Athenian democracy) and the first republic (i.e. the Roman republic) were born some two millennia ago against monarchies, which have been in existence for five thousand years, at least.

Today, there are two main types of monarchies:

  1. Traditional monarchy, in which a constitution is optional.
  2. Constitutional monarchy, in which the monarch is bound by a constitution. A prominent example: the United Kingdom.

Now, is the term "constitutional republic" analogous to the term "constitutional monarchy"? Of course not!

The same reasoning applies to "representative democracy". Athenian democracy was indeed a "pure" democracy, in which eligible voters (e.g. Athenian property-owning male citizens) directly voted on everything. But it was very small in scale (i.e. a few thousand voters), and very short lived, historically speaking.

Practically, at the country level, there is no "pure" democracy per se, but only representative democracies. Therefore, let's stop using the term "representative democracy", just "democracy" instead!

3. More on republic and democracy

Today, if you are not a monarchy, you are a republic, with or without democracy.

Here is another reason the term "constitutional republic" should be eliminated: the term "republic" is already confusing enough, as it means different things to different people. Three examples:

  1. America was created as a republic, with a limited version of democracy. Today, America is a republic with full democracy. For more, read: What Is American Democracy, Anyway?
  2. China calls itself "The People's Republic of China", with autocracy instead of democracy. For more, read: Chinese Presidency: An Earned Kingship for 10 Years.
  3. North Korea calls itself "Democratic People's Republic of Korea", which in reality is neither democratic nor republican. It is a de facto monarchy, with a son succeeding the father as the king.

For more, read: Republic: Democracy vs. Autocracy

4. More on America

It's time to examine our two founding slogans, if not principles:

  1. "All men are created equal". Untrue! For more, read: Not All Men Are Created Equal!
  2. "We the People". Over the past 200 some years, we have changed the definition of "the people" from some rich white men (i.e. property owners) to everybody, including women as well as minorities.

Furthermore, here is a list of necessary corrections to American political taxonomy:

  1. American exceptionalism: Can any country be more exceptional than America, which was founded with neither a king nor a pope? Yet, today, not only is America most religious among the developed countries, she also seems to be yearning for a king, if not a God (Is Donald Trump a God?). Time will prove that America is not exceptional at all. For more, read: What Is Holding America Together?
  2. Self-governing: No country, for the long-run, can really self-govern per se (aka “govern by the people”). Instead, a country built to last must develop some kind of meritocracy, allowing more able people to move up and govern from the top. In other words, America is about 2,000 years behind China in terms of governance. For more, read: Governance in China: Past, Present, and Future and Has America Become an Oligarchy?
  3. American Dreams: Over Sold and Over Bought!
  4. Equality in America: Oversold and Overbought!
  5. Democracy - 'End of History', Really?
  6. Democracy and Freedom.

Finally, three informative readings to truly make America great again:

  1. Donald Trump 2.0.
  2. "Make America Great Again," Really?
  3. American Democracy: Why is it failing & how to fix it?

5. Closing

To further simplify American political taxonomy, please sit back and enjoy the video below.


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