Johnny Munkhammar skrev på denna blogg från 2004 till sin död 2012. Bloggen är upprätthållen som ett minne och som referens till Johnnys arbete av Johnny Munkhammars minnesfond.

This blog was operated by Johnny Munkhammar from 2004 until 2012 when he passed away. This blog is now in a memorialized state and operated by the Johnny Munkhammar fund.
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2005-03-17 12:11:06
Socialists and Democracy. Yesterday, I spent an hour and a half being interviewed by a magazine about education policy together with the head of the Social Democrat Party think-tank, Anne-Marie Lindgren. Since it is a very strong view of mine that everyone should have good chances in life no matter where they come from, I also want the forces of development to be in place in education policy. That is, a great variety of suppliers in free competition instead of a public monopoly. I made a comparison between the centrally planned economy that failed totally and the free market which now delivers prosperity to hundreds of millions of people. Anne-Marie Lindgren got very upset and talked about the vast difference between Socialist dictatorship and big government introduced in a "democratic" way. Now, having a Master?s Degree in Politican Science, I have studied democracy theory somewhat. The Socialist kind of democracy is about almost unlimited majority rule. 51 % can do what they wish with the 49 %. Normally, you get a big government and you get a society where a small majority live off a large minority by forcing very high taxes from them. It has nothing to do with freedom or human rights - but of course they can call it democracy. I would like to call it collectivism. There are other kinds of democracy more worthy of the name. The opposite kind takes individual rights into account by protecting them in a Constitution, for example. If you add a system of checks and balances between institutions, you limit the power of a majority over the individual even more. Those societies have more freedom and protect human rights. And it is democracy. Don?t be fooled by Socialists using a popular word to defend their big government and unlimited majority rule!

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