Achilles Heel of Democracies

I continue to follow the unfolding drama of Venezuela and Ukraine.  They have reached an unfortunate stage where there doesn’t seem to be any kind of deliberative solution.  In each case, some side needs to establish some calm and normalcy so that a peaceful economy can resume and allow for the return of more democratic government in the more distant future. On an…

Pursuit of happiness

One of the goals of setting up the US government is to provide a high degree of freedom for citizens to pursue their own goals.  Over the ages, the democratic process has done a good job in adapting to gradually changing definitions of what kinds of activities should protected.  Democratically, the goal of happiness is…

Veto by minority

I am no scholar of government or of the US government in particular.  My understanding is very basic and mostly what I learned several decades ago.  But I am thinking about our government in context to government-destabilizing protests in Ukraine and Venezuela (with more interest on Venezuela that is getting virtually no attention compared to…

Consent to a democracy

Countries with democratic governments and win popular elections can experience uprisings to challenge that government as currently occurring in Ukraine and Venezuela.   These uprisings are significant to make convincing news coverage: clearly a lot of people are upset and even supportive of a some form of change.  It is not clear that these groups…