[Osmf-talk] Limits to democratic processes (was: 2018 a third episode...)

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Sat Dec 15 12:37:32 UTC 2018


changed the subject again ;)

On 12/15/18 13:07, Christoph Hormann wrote:
> But characterizing 
> the suggestion from Tobias as anti-democratic does not hold up from a 
> global perspective.

As you've hinted at, limiting democratic processes in various ways is a
core ingredient of all democracies on the planet; it's only a question
of where to place these limits. The pure existence of limits doesn't
normally make them anti-democratic.

One example where this has come up in OSMF discussions in the past is
term limits, where some people would say "it makes sense to disqualify
someone from running if they have served N times/N years already", and
others would say "but what if the people WANT to elect the person for a
N+1th time? limiting that would be anti-democratic!"

Both sides of the argument have valid points, and some democracies on
the planet have term limits for high office and others don't.


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