When Does Democracy Turn Into Despotism?

Created by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films in 1946, the still-thought-provoking short PSA Despotism & Democracy doesn’t exactly paint our current prospects in a positive light:

Measures how a society ranks on a spectrum stretching from democracy to despotism. Where does your community, state and nation stand on these scales?

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12 Responses to When Does Democracy Turn Into Despotism?

  1. salviad March 15, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Looks like Sony has blocked the viewing of the youtube video in Canada because of copyright issues, so here is a dailymotion link to the same video (i believe):

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2n6d4_despotism-democracy_shortfilms#.UUNZkzemjw4

    • Monkey See Monkey Do March 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

      Thanks, Its understandable that a large corporation wouldn’t want to share this information around too much.

    • Jonas Planck August 13, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

      That’s a direct falsehood on the part of whoever is making the copyright claim. This is from the Prelinger Archives, and it’s public domain. Somebody is censoring it by abusing the DCMA.

  2. Charlie Primero March 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Interesting thanks.

    Some grammar on Britannica Films: http://www.kaye.com/miscellany/EBFhx.htm

    “Government Funding from the National Defense Education Act”

    • echar March 15, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

      What are you attempting to say?

    • echar March 15, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

      What are you attempting to say?

  3. BuzzCoastin March 15, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    When Does Democracy Turn Into Despotism?

    The day after the revolutionaries become the government.

  4. BuzzCoastin March 15, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    When Does Democracy Turn Into Despotism?

    The day after the revolutionaries become the government.

  5. Anarchy Pony March 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    You can all breath easier now, comrades, as science has “proven” that democracy “doesn’t” work. http://www.desdemonadespair.net/2013/03/people-arent-smart-enough-for-democracy.html

    Never mind asking the question why people “aren’t smart enough”, let’s just say that people are too dumb so that autocrats and authoritarians can justify increasing centralization of power.

  6. Anarchy Pony March 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    You can all breath easier now, comrades, as science has “proven” that democracy “doesn’t” work. http://www.desdemonadespair.net/2013/03/people-arent-smart-enough-for-democracy.html

    Never mind asking the question why people “aren’t smart enough”, let’s just say that people are too dumb so that autocrats and authoritarians can justify increasing centralization of power.

  7. Zenc March 19, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    Anyone else notice the use of the original version of the “Pledge of Allegiance”?

  8. Zenc March 19, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    Anyone else notice the use of the original version of the “Pledge of Allegiance”?

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