Badtz Maru - The Internet is probably the best thing to happen to democracy BECAUSE it allows any moron to post any message they like. Before the Internet, the only source for news and information was TV, radio and print. All these forms of media are highly centralized and only a select few have the ability to use them to broadcast their message. With the Internet, anyone can create a site dedicated to their cause. What could be more democratic that that?
By the way, taking power from the masses to preserve a democracy is a contradiction of terms.
Duck Duck Goose - A little paranoid but probably not far off. That’s how Hitler became the ruler of Germany and sort of how McCarthy was able to have so much power.
speaking of which…
ITR champion - McCarthyism did not occur at a time when we were “all sitting around in our little suburbs pretending that everything was swell”. It happened during a time when students practiced hiding under their desks at school, as if it would somehow protect them from nuclear destruction at the hands of the “red menace”.
Totalitarianism/fascism and democracy are just two sides of the same coin. The biggest threat to our democracy is our intollerance for anything that falls outside of the mainstream. When we no longer tolerate views that are not in argeement with out out, we stop being a democracy and become an elected totalitarian state.