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Late Great Donald Blake 
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The Avenger

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Subj: I think you're greatly overestimating the decisive nature of multiple vs single parties.
Posted: Sat Aug 27, 2022 at 10:34:25 pm EDT (Viewed 172 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Name a Communist political regime that didn't end up evil.
Posted: Sat Aug 27, 2022 at 05:19:48 pm EDT (Viewed 162 times)

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    More to my point, why are you so zeroed in on communism? Is it an 80s nostalgia thing? I'm no supporter of communism, but it seems like an off thing to focus on.



Communism is what the radical Left wants to establish, even as a hybrid of fascism and theocracy is what the radical Right wants to establish. I've been pondering all three single-party systems and decided to get some help thinking about them via this discussion board. I started with Communism because the Late Great Donald Blake is a self-professed Communist, so I knew I'd get some pushback, which is what I wanted.

As a result of this thread, I now see very clearly that single-party systems are evil by their very nature, because they cannot exist without suppression of opposing parties, which abridges political freedom, which is evil.

Multi-party systems can at least theoretically avoid evil, because they don't have to suppress opposing parties. They can foster a climate of political freedom.



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    Why communism, when it is powerful people in general.



In multi-party systems, moral goodness is at least theoretically possible. In single-party systems it is not.


I think basically you already have the conclusion you want to get to and have worked backwards to get there in only a few steps. You've decided that Communist countries are basically evil and know that they typically have single party systems and have arbitrarily decided its the numbers of parties that causes them to be evil. You could just easily say that Communist countries usually have leaders who wear military uniforms so it's military uniforms that cause authoritarianism.

You say that having multi party systems can "at least theoretically" avoid evil, buy that by no means establish they have that effect, or the inverse for that matter. As a matter of fact I think history sort of suggests the opposite. I think you'd have to account for all the countries who had a multiparty systems which failed to preserve freedom. The painfully obvious example comes to mind with our own country which you'll find has had two parties since only about a decade after its inception but still managed to enslave millions of its people. I mean slavery didn't end formally until the second half of the 19th century. So much for the multiparty structures freedom securing powers.

There's also the inconvenient fact that the framers of the Constitution didn't themselves think party factions were compatible with the system of government they had established, much less did the think it was an essential component to its capacity to ensure freedom.

Those are just some of the more common sense objections, I think.


cheers,
--- the late great Donald Blake


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