It is called "plutocracy"
Posted May 17, 2013 15:55 UTC (Fri) by man_ls
In reply to: It is called "plutocracy"
Parent article: Strongbox and Aaron Swartz (The New Yorker)
That is a very strange view of democracy. In democracies at any point in History, public rights always trump private rights, or else it would be impossible to collect taxes (as you correctly state), build roads (for which land has to be confiscated), set rights of way (for which private rights have to be overridden), gather an army or practically anything else that a government does. In fact the government prints money and grants (or at least administers) property rights.
In a democracy it is up to the people's will (and the designated government) to define up to which point private interests have to bend to the public benefit. Obviously private citizens have to respect the rights of other private citizens, but those rules do not apply to the government, even in the US. Individual rights always have to subordinate to the will of the majority, no matter what they tell you. If in the US a communist party were to win the elections, you would have collectivized property in no time -- nothing in the US constitution precludes it (and even if it did it would be ammended).
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