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Why does the American political system work?

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    Posted: 18-Nov-2004 at 10:32

Originally posted by Kubrat

Ok, I have always wondered this.

The American Constitution has been copied, emulated, and used around the world.  Yet no other country, even resource rich and large countries like Argentina could not get it to work like the Americans do.

Is it because the Americans as a people demand their rights, or is it something else?

Simply because America is rich.



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  Quote Kubrat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Nov-2004 at 18:57
But it wasn't always like that.  In fact, because America was poor during its Revolutionary War, they had to issue government IOU's, and later print paper money because they couldn't pay using anything else.
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  Quote Christscrusader Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Nov-2004 at 19:06
It is because much of Latin America was either ruled by weak governments or since certain areas of the jungle are isolated they didn't have much control over certain areas, thus not securing the nation.
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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-Nov-2004 at 07:53
Originally posted by Christscrusader

It is because much of Latin America was either ruled by weak governments or since certain areas of the jungle are isolated they didn't have much control over certain areas, thus not securing the nation.

And because the USA allowed them to be democracies, as long as they voted for the right party.
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  Quote Mr Bobo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-Nov-2004 at 21:16

The reasons why america is so rich and powerful today isnt mainly due to their system of government, which is really the bastard child of the westminster tradition with more powers for the executive. The reasons why America is so succesful today is the length, breadth and wealth of their land, the two world wars; which they profited from in a big way if you look at in the light of how much europe and the rest of the world lost, the idealology of how america came about; basically America was founded, and in later years developed, by group's of people looking for wealth, and that coupled with a dislike of authority, created an 'everyman for himself' society with those with the best buisness sense normally coming out on top.

The reason why countries have failed in adopting the Westminster system as America did, is normally beacause; of the traditions already in place in that country, the way in which the system was founded and the mentality of the people; even though America would argue otherwise, democracy isnt the answer for all peoples of the world. An example of the westminsterr system working is my country, Australia, however the reason why we arent as prosperous as the Americans are; our country was settled by europeans with a different agenda and at a later date, circustances havent gone in our favour the way it has the Americans and mainly because of the fact that most of Australia is very barren and dosent have the riches of mainland America.   

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  Quote John Doe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21-Nov-2004 at 17:19
hmmm,

if australia was 10 times its current population, I think we'd be nearly as rich as america. Although, we have less quality land to work with...

USA = 280million
GDP: purchasing power parity - $10.99 trillion
GDP - real growth rate: 3.1%
GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $37,800 (2003 est.)

AUS = 20 million
GDP - purchasing power parity - $571.4 billion (2003 est.)
GDP - real growth rate: 3%
GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $29,000

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  Quote Mr Bobo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22-Nov-2004 at 00:30

hehe

well i suppose it'd be kind of hard to predict what kind of economy we'd have if we had 10 times our population because its not v likely to happen within the very forseable future. Too much of our land is barren really.

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  Quote Kubrat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22-Nov-2004 at 16:57
But a modern economy doesn't have much to do with what kind of land you own.. but what services you can provide.  America doesn't actually make anything anymore...
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