“The Republic that we want”- Survey

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The Republic that we want”- Survey

Introduction

After 40 years under a dictatorship, Spain shyly started walking towards democracy. Looking at what we used to have, we achieved a lot; looking at all the way that remains ahead, we astonishingly realized that we were already starting to acquiesce in the minimums and almost had resigden to the “demo” (a sort of  simulation of democracy…) but now we are going for the “cracia”, for the power of the people.

No crown, no heir, democracy means people”.

The Republic

Republic comes from the latin term “res” thing, that is public, which belongs to the “populus” or people,  it means that the people holds the power, and they  temporary  delageate it on their representants. This is an essential difference betwen monarchical governments where the attribution of sovereign is lifelong and often, hereditary.

One essential characteristic of a  republican government  is the constitutionally stablished ,power divission into three different ones according to their specific functions: an administrative body, represented by the  Executive Power, a “law making one”, called Legislative Power and another one whose mission is applying those laws in the specific cases where their aprreciation is needed, the Judicial Power.

Other characteristics of the Republic, are:

  • All citizens are equal before the law .
  • The governors must be responsible before the people who chose them, for their acts of governance.
  • The need  that every act of governance is public (transparency); which means that those must not be secret, but expounded to the citizens so that these can be controlled.  

The essential pillars of the Republic

The three essential pillars of te Republic according to Aristotle are:

  • The power divission and its reciprocal control.
  • The political active participation  by the citizens. These means, thetransparency of every State act, the instruction on basic aspects of  politic culture  and the exigence of liabilities to the governers.
  • The representation of every social class inside the government institutions with equal attributions and prevalence of none.  (Access  to those judgeships must be restricted, and they will necessarely be collegiated according to the affected field, the magistrate must belong to the class he/she representates and be chosen exclusively through their vote).

It must be considered that for Aristote, the supreme aims of any form of government should be:

  • Freedom = Equality (“we only are free among equals)”
  • The  realization of justice and common good.
  • The full realization of human cognitive skills development (for which he judges necesary the fulfilment of the two prior points, following Socrates‘ essential concept [GOOD=TRUTH. According to which  good is equal to  truth and bad to ignorance ]
  • Out of this, we can deduce that if we are only free among equals there must not be a governing class, but every class must govern equally

Republic and Democracy

The term democracy comes from the ancient greek (dḗmos, which translates as “people”) and κράτος (krátos, which translates as “power”).

This way, republic is the governance of the law; while democracy means the governance of the people.

Thus, democracy admits gradation, meaning that there can be forms of government that are closer to the idea of Equality = Freedom; since laws are made for citizens and by citizens.  

Democracy’s basic definition: in order that a government can be considered minimally  democratic, it needs to have at least: male and female universal suffrage; free, competitive, recurring and correct ellections; more than one party; and more than one source of information.

In the sphere of the democracies that are above that minimum treshold, it is necessary to annalize how far they have gone or can go in the process of the finest fulfillment of the two main objectives of the ideal democracy: freedom and equality

A quality democracy is the one that develops satisfactorily the procedures designed to favor freedom and political and social equality, and whose public policies meet the demands of the citizens.”

Democratic Development: Political participation mechanisms

It’s not just about voting every 4 yearswe have to demand, we have to get involved, we have to supervise,  we have to compel that responsabilities are assumed, we have to be awake, we have to listen, debate, get informed, we have to “fight” for democracy!

These are some ways of direct participation, they are mechanisms of opinion and public ellection.

  • Popular initiative: The right given to the citizenship to present draft legislation proposals before the correspondant public institution.
  • Referendum: A direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to eiter accept or reject a particular proposal or to revoke or not a norm already in force.
  • Popular consultation: The mechanism trough which the President, the Governor, the Major or other governing personality can ask a question about a general domain, about an issue of national or regional relevance, etc. to the citizens so that they can formally state their opinion.
  • Open cabildo: The public meeting of the district or municipal councils or local administrative boards where inhabitants can directly participate in order to debate matters of public interest for the comunity.
  • Impeachment : The political right by which citizens can remove a Governor or a Major from office.

         The survey will be published after the summer or once a significant sample is           obtained.  At the end of the survey, you must press the “finish survey” button to remain registered responses.  See abreviated list of related terms after the survey (Look below for more information)

Link to survey: http://cort.as/9gSv 

THE REPUBLIC THAT WE WANT-  Survey:

Abreviated list of related terms (links available):

I CHOSE: I, REPUBLIC

                      WE DON’T WANT TO BE SUBJECTS, WE WANT TO BE  CITIZENS:                      WE CHOSE REPUBLIC.

BYE MONARCHY: WE CHOSE  REPUBLIC.

WE WORK TOGETHER FOR THE SPANISH FEDERAL REPUBLIC!

Thank you very much for your participation!

Email: destinorepublicano@gmail.com

Twitter: @destinorepublic  

#Larepublicaquequeremos

A little republican letter from Spain to Occupy London

 Rubén García Pedraza, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Tricolor en mani 14 de abril

Good afternoon, dear friends,

I was very pleased to be here with you, this summer afternoon, in your Assembly, and today my assembly too, very similar to others Assemblies, like the General Assembly in Puerta del Sol, Madrid, every month, every week, every Sunday after the fifteen of may of the last year.
One day, all of us, witness of theses days of Social Revolution, when we will look back and see all what is happening now, we remember theses days perhaps like the best days of our life, here, living all together, feeling all together, in the streets, in the squares, in the squats centres, after the mass demonstrations, after the riots, smiling, crying, loving each other like brotherhoods, like comrades, like lovers who are experimenting their first kiss, their first time, their first date, the first day of ours life, yes , this is the feeling that sometimes I feel when I think about all what is happening now, from Egypt to New York, all together, because we are the ninety nine percent.

Sigue leyendo

Monarchies, Republics and Democracy

MONARCHIES, REPUBLICS AND DEMOCRACY

By Miguel Ángel Presno Linera
Law Professor at the Universidad de Oviedo, Spain.

 Abstract:

In this text, professor Presno Linera makes an overview about the different kinds of governments, both in a republican system and in a monarchy. Professor Presno stresses the idea that republic and democracy not always go together. Thus, there are lot of European states, like Great Britain, Netherlands, or Spain, as example, that have a monarchy but they are democracies. First, Professor Presno explains the different types of monarchies have been in Spain since the liberal revolutions in the 19th century to the actual Spanish constitution. Secondly he makes an explanation on the different types of republics, in this case looking to the American republics and some of the Europeans.

            Introduction

Throughout history, monarchical and republican systems have followed one another in different states and have experienced different changes throughout centuries. As is well known, a simple way to differentiate between Monarchy and Republic is that in a monarchy the position of the Head of State is hereditary and held for life; whereas in a republic, the Head of State is elected, either by the citizens or by other constitutional bodies, and its position is time-limited.

According to these premises, a priori, a republic seems to be more democratic than a monarchy, since in that system, most people could hold the position of Head of State (although normally with some restrictions as being of legal age or born in the country), this position would be temporary and its appointment would depend on an election of some kind. This is true; however, democracy can have some gradations and still be a democracy. To sum up, there are lots of states, such as Great Britain, The Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark or Spain, in which the monarchy does not stop them from being democratic, since in essence, a democracy involves its citizens effectively taking part in the election of the government of public affairs, but it does not really imply them to choose every state organ. Members of the judiciary (judges and other court constituents) are not usually elected directly in Europe; however, their source of legitimacy is democratic, since they apply rules, such as the Constitution and the applicable law, that have to be approve, directly or indirectly, by the citizens. Sigue leyendo

With the succession on the heels…

Felipe Borbón and Juan Carlos I Borbón

 “The monarchy serves only to serve itself.Francisco Umbral

What does the Monarchy “really” mean in Spain today? Little more than ornament, splendor and swagger of its members… or explain it to me, please!

After the embarrassing news that have surrounded the Spanish royal family in the recent months, it would not be surprising that now a possible abdication of Juan Carlos I by his son Philip is being considered, that is, a facelift. Because nobody is going to let such a dynasty – substantial family business, with more than 300 years under his belt and an invaluable heritage – disappear only because of a gossip.

And they have already completed the image of an united, happy and exemplary family; also the image that they have an essential role as mediators in international relations. During the past year, events have amply refuted both arguments, it is possible to realise it just by taking a look at the press of recent months…

Sigue leyendo

Una pequeña carta republicana de España a Occupy London

Rubén García Pedraza, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

 Tricolor en mani 14 de abril
Buenas tardes queridos amigos,

Estoy muy agradecido de estar aquí con vosotros, esta tarde de  verano, en vuestra asamblea, y hoy mi asamblea también, muy similar a otras asambleas, como la Asamblea General en Puerta del Sol, Madrid, cada mes, cada semana, cada domingo, después del 15 de mayo del pasado año.

Un día, todos nosotros, testigos de estos días de Revolución Social, cuando miremos atrás y veamos todo lo que esta pasando ahora, recordaremos estos días quizás como los mejores días de nuestra vida, aquí, viviendo todos juntos, sintiendo todos juntos en las calles, en las plazas, en los centros sociales autogestionados, después de las manifestaciones multitudinarias, después de las revueltas, sonriendo, llorando, amándonos los unos a los otros como hermanos, camaradas, como amantes que experimentan su primer beso, su primera vez, su primera cita, el primer día de toda nuestra vida, si,  este es el sentimiento que a veces siento cuando pienso sobre todo lo que esta sucediendo ahora, desde Egipto a Nueva York, todos juntos, porque somos el noventa y nueve por ciento. Sigue leyendo