Wednesday, August 08, 2007

democracy vs. despotism

Shared respect, shared power, economic balance and enlightenment. These two short films from Encyclopedia Britannica are dedicated to the Kool Kidz.

Democracy (1945)
Presents nature of meaning of democracy; develops keen appreciation for meaning of democracy by analyzing 4 major concepts on which exists substantial body of general agreement. Points out that true democracy is characterized by at least 2 signs. (From A/V Geeks)

Despotism (1946)
Measures how a society ranks on a spectrum stretching from democracy to despotism. Explains how societies and nations can be measured by the degree that power is concentrated and respect for the individual is restricted. Where does your community, state and nation stand on these scales? (From the Prelinger Archives)

Where indeed does our nation stand on these scales?

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