Here's a simple receipe to balance Jewish traditon and democracy - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Aliza
    • 08.03.13 | 16:11 (IST)

    Civilized democracy - not liberal democracy, where "everything goes" - makes it possible to maintain balance between the Jewish traditions and democracy. "Civilized" democracy is based on moral boundaries and on "common sense" or logic that is its other name, while liberal democracy (the USA represents) favors anarchistic type of democracy. Anarchy has no inhibitions, no moral boundaries, only limitless freedom to do anything that befalls one, no matter how crazy and how harmful it may be to oneself (like legalization of cannabis) or to others (like freedom to carry guns). This kind of "democracy" is destructive and serves no higher ideals and does not contribute to people's mental growth in any way, which is the core idea of democracy to begin with. --- A newsflash: The EU has just decided to ban net-porn as harmful, which is a good example of civilised democracy. Considering the increase of violence toward women and rapes committed and the growing contempt for women, which porn encourages, net-porn only enables crimes against women and disrespect for them. The function of democracy is to promote people's well-being, therefore for ex. Israel could start by cleaning her society from mind-polluting entertainment of violence and sex in order to create a civilized society, where people behave respectfully and appreciate their Heritage. The CHOICE Israel thus has to make is between liberal or civilized democracy. Needless to say that liberal democracy will destroy the Jewish Heritage. Judaism is a COLLECTIVE religion that can only thrive in a civilized democracy, where the people share common values, while liberal democracy is INDIVIDUALISTIC and it is not connected to any community, in other words collectivity and individualism exclude one another and cannot co-exist side by side. ,

    from the article: The Knesset's new conversation: balancing Jewish tradition and democracy
    First published 11:52 07.03.13 | Last updated 11:52 07.03.13
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