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  • walto
    See also this:
    Message 1 of 199 , Feb 28, 2013
      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
      > >
      > http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CDUQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fgraphics.eiu.com%2FPDF%2FDemocracy_Index_2010_web.pdf&ei=SJsvUd3_Mcje0gHBtYGwDg&usg=AFQjCNHsvReKz_W3PCUjHqruoRdy79Y0sA&bvm=bv.43148975,d.dmQ
      > 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 territories—this 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.
      > W
    • walto
      ... Right. Both almost surely true. ... And the truths find there way in there too! W
      Message 199 of 199 , Mar 5, 2013
        --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "roy_langston" <roy_langston@...> wrote:
        > --- 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?

        Right. Both almost surely true.

        > "A sick man dreams nothing so dreadful that some philosopher isn't saying it." -- Marcus Terentius Varro
        > -- Roy Langston

        And the truths find there way in there too!

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