• all governments are going away soon as the people who keep cashing their paychecks see that they have ruined more than they have fixed!
  • 2-26-2017 People will tolerate freedom for about a hundred and fifty years, and then they demand a centralized government. And they keep on demanding more and more government until it is impossible for an honest man to make a living. Then it all collapses. This cycle has repeated over and over since the garden of Eden. Democracy is actually rare because the basic desire is to force all people to obey a central authority. In any case, only war is associated with technology, not any form of government.
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      I hate to break this to you, but as of today (10-17-2021), we've managed to keep it together for 245 years. We've had threats before (WW1, WW2) but only when the Democrats were in power. We'll get through the current threat (Biden administration), as well.
  • With every advancement with technology or knowledge comes a certain amount of responsibility and power. Technology has allowed us to be more productive in whatever we do. So surely it has the ability now and in the future to bring more peace and more prosperity to a region, however with advancing technology comes that respoinsibility to do good with it. this same technology that could save 100,000 people could also corrupt and oppress those same people. it all depends on how someone uses technology.
  • No. THE technological advance that led to modern democracies was the "rifle" (more precisely: muskets, but including rifled muskets like some of the flintlocks) - and perhaps more precisely, the manufacture of affordable muskets. (Seriously. Look it up.) One could argue that newspapers were also significant contributors, but without the widespread availability of muskets no revolution would have been feasible. SO - no, FURTHER technological advances are not the answer. Empowering the people (with rifles and ammo), enabling them to overthrow the (well-armed) government forces, is the "classical" method of establishing a new democracy. The more recent method is for an existing democracy to establish a new democracy in a country following a war that deposes the country's existing government. Since it's not likely that Russia or China are going to be "conquered" in such a way, and since rifle ownership by citizens is VERY strictly controlled by those governments, the only way to establish democracy in those nations is going to be by popular protest by huge portions of the citizenry...perhaps sufficient to cause the military to "switch loyalties" (but not necessarily). FOR EXAMPLE: if 50% of Chinese workers suddenly went on strike in protest of some specific anti-democratic Chinese government policy, the government would most likely feel FORCED to change that particular policy (because the continued economic stability of the nation would depend on them doing so). * * * In my personal opinion, by 2050 China will be in one of the following three situations: (1) forced by its citizens to become democratic/capitalistic (2) collapsed, like the USSR, breaking up into several different nations (3) much LESS capitalistic and much more tyrannical than they are now, "clamping down" on freedoms (and wealth) now enjoyed by citizens in the (succeeding) effort to maintain control over the people of the nation.
  • The keyword I want to address here is "democracy" - NO. With technology comes power, and they've proven themselves to be power-hungry. More technology will only exacerbate the problem.
  • communism does NOT encourage imagination and innovation. therefore they will have to steal it like they did with the weapons in Afghanistan Biden left behind. China is probably reverse engineering all that tech as we speak.

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