Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] definition of liberal democracy and of capitalism

From: David Rovner <rovners_at_netvision.net.il>
Date: Tue Sep 3 13:37:01 2002

Now that youv'd defined democracy, could you (kindly) define liberal
democracy and maybe also capitalism?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Scott David Gray" <sgray_at_aramis.sudval.org>
To: <discuss-sudbury-model_at_sudval.org>
Cc: <default_at_mgmt.wits.ac.za>
Sent: Tuesday, September 03, 2002 5:38 PM
Subject: Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model]definition of democracy

> On Tue, 3 Sep 2002, Default wrote:
>
> > would you kindly define democracy.
>
> Many people would check a dictionary, but I can understand
> the reason for your question. Many schools claim to be
> democratic, but don't really mean it.
>
> The word "democracy" is rarely used in the context of
> education to refer to actual government by the governed or
> equality before the law.
>
> Anyway, here's the definition I get from dictionary.com --
> which applies perfectly to any Sudbury Model school:
>
> > de·moc·ra·cy Pronunciation Key (d-mkr-s)
> > n. pl. de·moc·ra·cies
> >
> > 1. Government by the people, exercised either directly
> > or through elected representatives.
> > 2. A political or social unit that has such a
> > government.
> > 3. The common people, considered as the primary source
> > of political power.
> > 4. Majority rule.
> > 5. The principles of social equality and respect for
> > the individual within a community.
>
> How does this work in practice in a school? Check
> http://www.sudval.org/texts/governed.html
>
> The bizarre disconnect between our nation's schools, and our
> cultural and national support of Democracy, was one of the
> reasons for the founding of Sudbury Valley and the Sudbury
> School movement. One of our first books -- the Crisis in
> American Education -- addresses this head on. See
> http://www.sudval.org/texts/crisis.html
>
> --
>
> --Scott David Gray
> reply to: sgray_at_sudval.org
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> victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live
> under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
> The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity
> may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for
> our own good will torment us without end for they do so with
> the approval of their own conscience.
>
> -- C.S. Lewis
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