Participatory Democracy actually comes in several forms, but increasingly the definition has been altered over time to allow the level of participation as in influence migrate to a small percentage of the population and corporations.
The illusion exists that power still resides in the hands of the electorate and the act of voting incurs dedicated service on behalf of the elected to the overriding well being of a population.
If this were so a great many things would be different, it isn’t, and so decisions are predicated upon corporate desires, lobbyists, and who has the most bucks.
The occasional meme will surface drawing comparisons between the United States and the Roman Empire suggesting that all empires have their entrances and exits.
Personally that’s something I believe and the annals of history verify – this meme is usually countered with such scholarly wisdom as love or leave it and mention of the fact that the U.S. has been in existence for two hundred and forty years.
On the surface that seems to qualify as longevity, and I suppose it is depending on personal perspective – yet there is an even older “democracy” on this continent and predates by a significant number of years.
A democracy that in part served as model for the U.S. Constitution, a model some have denied but whose denials have been demonstrated to be inaccurate.
That democracy still in effect today is the oldest democracy to exist anywhere on this planet and has been referred to as The Iroquois League and the Six Nations Confederacy.
Those seeking an understanding of the principles and definition of a true democracy would do well to research the subject and The Great Law of Peace.
In addition I’m including an additional link featuring young women of our various nations, part of an historical photographic archive and ask the question do these young women look so different from other women?
Do they look undeserving of the guarantees of the U.S. Constitution that were denied them?
Does their countenance speak to that of a “savage”? Do their smiles look any different than those of others?
A shout out to stone feather for the photo link.