The yardstick of a democracy

Received via Arvin Meyer, a fellow MVP:

The yardstick of a democracy is the degree of unorthodoxy permitted


I couldn’t agree more. Full consensus is a bad starting point for decision making in any system – that being political, judiciary or business. Orthodoxy thrives where there’s no democracy. Democracy may not be the best solution for everything (Down With Internet Democracy – Why you don’t want anonymous volunteers powering your search engine). But dogmatism is a bigger danger – resulting in anything from useless security best practices to Taliban.

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