Under which regime would you have more "freedom?"

Under which regime would you have more "freedom?"

  • An absolute monarchy around 1500

    Votes: 1 4.2%
  • An American-style Democratic-Republic in 2019

    Votes: 19 79.2%
  • A constitutional monarchy around 1500

    Votes: 4 16.7%

  • Total voters
    24
Oct 2017
153
Australia 🇦🇺
#51
Does the question boil down to technology, population & the state of the world more so than humanitarian concepts?

What do you think an absolute monarch of the mid-millennium could & would do with the technology of today?

Counter question; what do you think a turn-of-the-millennium American style democratic republic with mid-millennium technology could & would do?

Since much of the question revolves around technology & the state of the world, the first scenario is much more possible in theory, scarily.

It’s important to keep in mind that knowledge & information as well as technology was far less advanced, available & reaching than it is today.
 
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Oct 2017
153
Australia 🇦🇺
#52
Speaking of freedom, while there wasn’t the surveillance technology & overpopulation of today, let’s not forget that slavery was prevalent throughout history, culminating with the intense race-based plantation system of the Americas. Those weren’t just no sunny country ol’ McDonald farms, those were real concentration camps, predecessors to the Jewish holocaust & modern prisons, a predecessor to life imprisonment, which is actually a recent punishment; while it was all too easy to be sentenced to death throughout history, it was far less so to life imprisonment. While even today life imprisonment is relatively rare in most countries, the United States is notorious for frequently handing out life without parole as well as unusually long lifetime sentences, being one of the few countries where prisoners can no matter what they argue & do literally expect to die in prison, with no hope whatsoever of being liberated. Other advanced western countries don’t fall far behind. The real modern legal dungeons/concentration camps. How does Dungeons n’ Lifers make for a game? The title of the book ‘The Forgotten Men’ by Margaret E. Leigy is quite suitable for this description.
Yet life imprisonment, particularly without parole, is something, along with being very recent historically, human beings are definitely not psychologically designed for, less so than death even arguably (cuz we as animals have instinctual fears & adaptations for death & danger & such). It’s been called the other death sentence or the slow/long death sentence. Not to turn this into a legal or moral debate, sure I’m sure there are indeed truly evil people, yet there are also those who have essentially made mistakes, albeit serious ones, but still have goodness as well as sensitivity inside, sensitivity to morality as well as deprivation. These are people most of society has forgotten, ignored & contempt. Just about any fiction author could think of all sorts of ways people can find themselves pressured into making decisions that result in such sentences. Just seriously place yourself in their shoes for a moment, what would you think, feel & do? Would you be able to cope with it? If not, would you wish to die or commit suicide? No more normal heterosexual sex eh?
I suppose to be able to sentence & house such condemned people is mostly a matter of technological advancement only the most advanced countries to date are able to carry out effectively. This is a really complicated & sticky issue. Yet, while there’s tons of groups & organizations who are concerned with modern slavery, on the other hand, right this second there’s a lot of truly hopeless people legally condemned to die in prison who would do anything for any chance of parole as well as countless small things in life the world takes for granted. Just think about that.
 
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