Overturning prerogatives of a few privileged groups in order to be fair to the many—whether peaceful or bloody & whether partial or total—signifies the potential for a new .
like the military, priesthood and officialdom commonly persist under any new regime. They are needed. Society would stop or become dangerously vulnerable if they were disbanded.
So the full set of distinctive institutions and values to bring the dominating elites under some degree of social control.absolutely requires installation of a
That is a tough call. Nevertheless, any claim to «democracy» andmust be judged by the effectiveness of the new institutions in controlling former elites.
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Originally posted: July 2009; Last updated: 27 Jan 2010