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9 Democracy: Lyric Poem and Construction Blueprint

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The concept and system of democracy were originally produced by the West, from the pastoral age extending all the way through industrialization and the age of information. In the West democracy for a while came packaged with the ancient practice of slavery, and for a time merged with modern colonialism; its negative side effects are generally dispersed outside of the democratic world, among the powerless classes (such as slaves) and weak nations (such as colonized peoples). Many people only gaze toward the dream they see in cinema, newspapers, and textbooks, and are quite isolated from concrete praxis. People thus misunderstanding democracy are the most likely to see democracy as a lyric poem rather than a construction blueprint. They lack the practical attitude of the builder, who researches carefully, measures precisely, and constantly learns from experience.

Keywords: autocracy; China; lyric poem; modern colonialism; West democracy

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