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Free vs Unfree and their thoughts on the governance of them.

Perhaps someone can explain this to me.

Why is it right to judge the people of a free democratic nation whose policies one disagrees with, but wrong to hold to account the people of an unfree nation when the former is statistically diverse in agreement with their nation while the latter largely agrees with their nation? The obvious answer is that unfree people should be presumed to have no allowed freedom of expression.

A fallacy with that line of reasoning is that, while the free nation model generally uses objective, or nontheless accurate government, data gathered in a non coercive environment about the stastics of public agreement to government policies, the unfree nations' expression inhibiting laws might or might not prevent specific forms of expression and access to independent data from which their peoples can form their opinions about their governments. So, while reports that such nations peoples are not allowed to say what they feel might come from reputable sources, the actual inaccuracy of said peoples' opinions is difficult to know.

The tendency of some people to judge foreign peoples based on the governments they have over the opinions they collectively express is not always fair. Certainly, apathy and indifference by peoples of free nations which reasons their low voter turnout is not an excuse, but nor does this mean that it's accurate to say that the apathetic few agree with all that their nations have done and intend to do, nor is it correct to claim that they always could know what their governments were going to do.


  • not meaning to change the topic, but i am confused about blogs. how do you find other peoples to read? is there like an index or something? and is there anyway to bookmarks ones you find you like?

    By Blogger mo, at 11/29/2005 09:24:00 AM  

  • Mo, blogs are read via self promotion, though some blog owners do not like direct advertising of other blogs on theirs. Whenever someone looks at your profile, which they access by clicking on your name in the comments you leave in someone's blog, they can see links to both of our blogs. Also, you can make your blog a homepage or mention it in a chatroom. The rules of advertising vary. I suggest that you make your blog as available to search engines and blogger communities as possible. Check out the sidebars of Mel's Diner and THISISNOTMYCOUNTRY, they have a myriad of blogger "rings," or something like that, from which to choose from to help yo promote your blog. Also, there are millions of blogs, so traffic is hard to come by.

    By Blogger Eff, at 11/29/2005 09:55:00 AM  

  • i guess was just wondering if there was a topic index anywhere, say for example like in the msn groups. otherwise it just all seems so random.

    By Blogger mo, at 12/08/2005 11:30:00 AM  

  • I am not aware of any.

    By Blogger Eff, at 12/08/2005 12:17:00 PM  

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