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What did Frank Herbert mean when he said “humans do not have equal ability”, concerning equality?

I think that Frank Herbert's points were these: Everyone is different, with different varying abilities. You might be good at math, I might not be. I might learn by doing, you might learn by ...
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Are there any examples of a king or dictator choosing to give up power by moving towards a more democratic governmental system?

Bhutan is the best example I can think of - the 'Dragon King' of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck ruled the country for 33 years, and then voluntarily devolved power to transform his kingdom into a ...
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What exactly is ineptocracy?

I think you are right that it is just a buzzword. Back in classical Greece, philosophers attempted a systematic study of forms of government and came up with the distinction of monarchy (one good ...
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What exactly is China's "whole-process people's democracy"? In what ways does it function "democratically" based on traditional definitions?

Elections in the People's Republic of China are based on a hierarchical electoral system, whereby local People's Congresses are directly elected. All higher levels of People's Congresses up to the ...
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Why aren't any countries trying to create a neo-democracy/ alternate system of government?

There's two things going on here: First, democracy isn't so much a single structure, but rather a concept that expresses itself in ranges. Experimentation with new governmental structures does ...
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Are there any examples of a king or dictator choosing to give up power by moving towards a more democratic governmental system?

He's in the doghouse these days for dodgy financials and elephant safaris but Juan Carlos of Spain seems to somewhat fit the role in 1975. King Juan Carlos I began his reign as head of state without ...
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How are elections conducted in China?

Elections in China (PRC) are hierarchical. Local districts can elect representatives, however a complex system of committees and primary elections ensures that only Communist-party backed candidates ...
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Why aren't any countries trying to create a neo-democracy/ alternate system of government?

People have been trying to create "something better than Democracy" for at least the past century and it hasn't worked very well The 20th century was the bloodiest century in human history ...
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What exactly is China's "whole-process people's democracy"? In what ways does it function "democratically" based on traditional definitions?

This answer is inspired by Liza Tobin's essay "Xi’s Vision for Transforming Global Governance: A Strategic Challenge for Washington and Its Allies"Fn.1; I draw on no new knowledge or insight ...
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Successful non-democracies?

To answer your three points in sequence I will rely upon the Freedom House Index to measure both 'democracy' and human rights, the Human Development Index to measure 'Technology & education,' ...
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Why aren't any countries trying to create a neo-democracy/ alternate system of government?

There are experiments underway. Iran is working hard to develop a country that is both theocratic and a representative democracy. Afghanistan and Iraq have also recently adopted constitutions with ...
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A word that means rule by the vocal minority?

If you are interested in coining a neologism, then I suggest *rhothiocracy. From the Greek ῥόθιος (rhothios) meaning noisy, roaring and the usual -cracy suffix from κρατεῖν (kratein), meaning to rule....
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Are there political structures that are fundementally different?

A useful approach, I think, is to look at the notable categories. Western style legal and political systems in the tradition of either England or Continental Europe (e.g. South Korea, Argentina, ...
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Create a System of government that uses the Stack Exchange system to make decisions

Who gets to ask? In the Stack Exchange (SE) system, the person asking determines the accepted answer. That's not a big problem if one person is the clear beneficiary. But what about systems where ...
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What exactly is ineptocracy?

Or is it just a buzzword without a deep meaning? It is just a buzzword without a deep meaning. It's just a fancy way of saying that the politicians in charge of the country are incompetent. There ...
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What exactly is ineptocracy?

O.m. is partially correct. There is a 17th century term (in actual Greek) that roughly is synonymous: Over the last fifteen years or so, commentators in Australia and abroad have coined a range of ...
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A word that means rule by the vocal minority?

Probably the best fit is 'demagogy'. Demagogues always claim to speak for the people as a whole — that's how the term was ostensibly used in ancient Greece — but in reality demagogues aim to inflame ...
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Do parliamentary republics have constitutions?

A single counterexample is enough to prove a negative. Germany is a parliamentary republic (people elect the parliament which then elects the chancellor as head of government) and it has a ...
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Special parliament that controls and oversees the Justice and Law enforcement systems

Such a parliament would be filled by the same politicial parties as the regular parliament in similar proportions. If you as a voter believe that a certain political party should be in the regular ...
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Are there any examples of a king or dictator choosing to give up power by moving towards a more democratic governmental system?

Augusto Pinochet in Chile, head of a military coup in 1973, and subsequently leader of a military junta which governed the country for sixteen years. The junta suspended any previous government, and ...
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Is there something inherently better in a 3-branch government system?

Not really. Institutional arrangement aren't irrelevant and cause parallel political struggles to play out differently. For example, the story of abortion law in the U.S. has been one of legislatures ...
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Which theocracies exist today?

The confusion might stem from the fact that monarchy, theocracy and dictatorship are all sub-categories of a much broader government category: autocracy. An autocratic form of government is any ...
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What exactly is China's "whole-process people's democracy"? In what ways does it function "democratically" based on traditional definitions?

It is, ultimately, a multi-tier representative ‘democratic’ system where each tier elects their representatives in the next higher tier. Public elections elect the local officials, who then are the ...
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Successful non-democracies?

Some examples: Singapore - It's arguable the country is still not really democratic; certainly during the key period when the most progress was made, it was less democratic than it is today. South ...
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Is there a scientific political ideology?

A political philosophy that is based only upon science is impossible because politics necessarily involves value-based judgements that are not falsifiable or empirical in nature You can run ...
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Why do dictators always repress their people?

Who says they do? Check out the Wikipedia page on Benevolent dictators. As of time of writing, three of the listed benevolent dictators are: Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus A historical example. Rome ...
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What did Frank Herbert mean when he said “humans do not have equal ability”, concerning equality?

In fact, I believe attempts to create some abstract equalization create a morass of injustices that rebound on the equalizers. Equal justice and equal opportunity are ideals we should seek, but we ...
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What is a simple concise way to explain the difference between socialism and communism to others

TLDR: This assumes that the party you are looking at is already socialist or communist and you are trying to decide which: left-of-center and keen on taxes, regulation and wealth-redistribution => ...
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