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Does global warming threaten our democracies?

In the ancient Rome Republic in the event of a crisis the Senate was able to appoint a dictator. The idea was that the “dictator” would serve in the role with virtually unlimited powers only until the crisis was concluded and would return power back to the Senate at the first possible opportunity. The Romans realised that the democratic process had flaws and would need to cede power to someone with a firm grip on to remedy problems that elected officials failed. We are now facing a situation where our elected officials are afraid to take an ethical stand on climate change for fear of loosing their jobs at election time. Some who where firmly for action begin to soften their stance as elections approach while those originally against action begin to crank up the volume of their bluster. http://ecocentric.blogs.time.com/2010/07/22/cap-and-trade-is-dead-really-truly-im-not-kidding-whos-to-blame/?xid=rss-topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+time%2Ftopstories+%28TIME%3A+Top+Stories%29 http://www.news.com.au/features/federal-election/julia-gillard-to-hand-over-climate-policy-to-citizens-assembly/story-e6frfllr-1225895870006 The problem with this of course, especially in the US where there is only two years between fixed term elections, is there is a very narrow window of opportunity to get things done politically before the next election begins to influence a politician’s decisions. Voting for an issue that is unpopular to an uninformed or misinformed constituency http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft8LfE7AI2w&feature=PlayList&p=B8C2D2A80DEC15F1&playnext=1&index=28 can obviously be detrimental to perpetuating a political career. The US of course isn’t the only nation with this problem as it has also been appearing in other democracies such as Australia and Canada. If politicians continue putting their careers ahead of what is ethical and fail to take action on an issue as the crisis deepens, will we be forced to put aside our democracies in favour of survival? The last time this democracy was put aside during a crisis in the Roman Republic, they ended up with Julius Caesar and an emperor. (I know, I know, we have to pretend that we live in a democracy to answer this question) Oooh yuck. I should have proof read that a bit more.

Asked By: Gwen - 7/23/2010
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I don't have a clue what's going to happen anymore... More
Answered By: Dana1981 - 7/23/2010
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No. Excessive taxation and regulation by sneering, sanctimonious busybodies like you threaten republics like ours.
Answered By: Government Union Moron - 7/23/2010
 
It is an interesting premise and broaching the subject does address one of the major fears that is so often brought up here. Of course, we have provisions in our government for martial law in times of national emergency, so that mechanism is already in place. And we did see the Patriot Act instituted, which undercut... More
Answered By: booM - 7/23/2010
 
Good to see someone knows how to think in this forum... More
Answered By: Hiker - 7/23/2010
 
Who gives a flying f**k about the environment? Thats all Horse shit. And if it is real it would be hilarious to skrew our grandchildren over.
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Answered By: Steven H - 7/23/2010
 
Too long; Did not read. :D
Answered By: John Magnum - 7/23/2010
 
Your question is similar to one I asked yesterday... More
Answered By: Seebob - 7/23/2010
 
The Benevolent Dictator...always a great idea...just this one time...it is so important...really, he'll gladly step down when the crisis is over... More
Answered By: Bad Moon Rising - 7/24/2010
 
if we had the will and the means to install the kind of dictatorship you want, we wouldn't need it... More
Answered By: Paul B - 7/24/2010
 
Only if you want to turn the planet over to India & China... More
Answered By: NOLA guy - 7/24/2010
 
Yes, we live in a democracy to stop fools from making the rest of us do something we don't want to do because they think they know everything... More
Answered By: Beam - 7/24/2010
 
The lack of ability to respond to global warming points out the obsolescence of the nation-state, which was invented to deal with the problems of a world long-gone. The lack of ability to distribute wealth when automation and information science have made us rich enough to produce everything society needs with less... More
Answered By: virtualguy92107 - 7/24/2010
 
Sure, as long as it's my dictator, I'm game. If it's your dictator though, I think you'll have some trouble. then again... democracy rocks.
Answered By: Peter J - 7/24/2010
 
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