Re: Legitimate LVT criticism
- See also this:
--- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "walto" <calhorn@...> wrote:
> --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, Fred Foldvary <ffoldvary@> wrote:
> > Here we are decades later, and there is little evidence that our greater population,
> > relative to the 1950s, has been the major threat to freedom.
> > Fred Foldvary
> The Economist Intelligence Unit's Index of Democracy 2010
> Democracy in retreat
> This is the third edition of the Economist Intelligence Unit's democracy index. It reflects the
> situation as of November 2010. The first edition, published in The Economist's The World in 2007,
> measured the state of democracy in September 2006 and the second edition covered the situation
> towards the end of 2008. The index provides a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide for
> 165 independent states and two territoriesthis covers almost the entire population of the world
> and the vast majority of the world's independent states (micro states are excluded). The Economist
> Intelligence Unit's Index of Democracy is based on five categories: electoral process and pluralism;
> civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture.
> Countries are placed within one of four types of regimes: full democracies; flawed democracies;
> hybrid regimes; and authoritarian regimes.
> Free and fair elections and civil liberties are necessary conditions for democracy, but they are
> unlikely to be sufficient for a full and consolidated democracy if unaccompanied by transparent
> and at least minimally efficient government, sufficient political participation and a supportive
> democratic political culture. It is not easy to build a sturdy democracy. Even in long-established
> ones, if not nurtured and protected, democracy can corrode.
> Democracy in decline
> The global record in democratisation since the start of its so-called third wave in 1974, and
> acceleration after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, has been impressive. According to the
> Economist Intelligence Unit's measure of democracy,
> one-half of the world's population now lives
> in a democracy of some sort. However, there has been a decline in democracy across the world since
> 2008. The decades-long global trend in democratisation had previously come to a halt in what
> Larry Diamond (2008) called a "democratic recession". Now democracy is in retreat. The dominant
> pattern in all regions over the past two years has been backsliding on previously attained progress
> in democratisation. The global financial crisis that started in 2008 accentuated some existing
> negative trends in political development.
> Table 1
> Democracy index, 2010, by regime type
> No. of countries % of countries % of world population
> Full democracies 26 15.6 12.3
> Flawed democracies 53 31.7 37.2
> Hybrid regimes 33 19.8 14.0
> Authoritarian regimes 55 32.9 36.5
> Note. "World" population refers to the total population of the 167 countries covered by the index. Since this
> excludes only micro states, this is nearly equal to the entire actual estimated world population in 2010.
> Source: Economist Intelligence Unit.
- --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "roy_langston" <roy_langston@...> wrote:
>Right. Both almost surely true.
> --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "walto" <calhorn@> wrote:
> > --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "roy_langston" <roy_langston@> wrote:
> > >
> > > So you are saying that the existence of the Flat Earth Society DOES make the spheroidal shape of the earth disputable?
> > My degree of confidence is roughly the same as that in my above judgment regarding your personality. Put it this way: is it possible I'm wrong about either the shape of the earth or your arrogance? Sure, I could be wrong about pretty much every proposition that seems obvious to me--that is the nature of human fallibility. But it's really, really doubtful in both cases.
> So you claim the earth's spheroidal shape is not only disputable, but about as disputable as your opinion of my personality?
> "A sick man dreams nothing so dreadful that some philosopher isn't saying it." -- Marcus Terentius VarroAnd the truths find there way in there too!
> -- Roy Langston