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Foolish Ritualism And Democracy

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Foolish ritualism is much more dangerous in politics and in law, when for example legislatures pass laws so badly written that they rarely specify "Who, What, Where, When, and How" some dispossessed group should be made whole. This opens the door for judges who really are like monarchs, with badly written laws to spur them on to ordering people around. In traditional Latin America the living reality of a kind of feudalism meant that the rich had ongoing social relationships, but because of extreme maldistribution of power, the rich were also constantly having their egos massaged, which made them pretty happy if not exactly moral. A foolish ritualism can develop in societies plagued by endless feuding as a means to keep it under control, but this ritualism in some ways does not teach the inner self, it develops social order more than it develops the personality.

Keywords: foolish ritualism; traditional Latin America



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