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Sociology, Politics, and Human Nature

Rafael Yanushevsky

Written by an expert with more than 30 years of experience in system and control theories, Sociology, Politicians, and Human Nature presents a structural approach to macrosociological systems that describes pre cisely the dynamics of societal systems. The author provides an innovative presentation of the theoretical aspects of societal systems dynamics. This book enriches readers knowledge about human societies, their development and moving forces, and it enables readers to filter and better understand social media information.

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5 Democratic Societal Structures

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“Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.”

—Ronald Reagan

In the previous chapter we analyzed the command economy and on the examples of the present-day China and Russia showed that the advantages of the market over command economy became clear even to the most autocratic regimes. In its purest form the command economy is seen in the pyramidal societal systems where an autocrat was the chief lawmaker, the chief administrator, and above all, the commander-in-chief of the army. In many feudal societies the power of a ruler was weakened by nobles who were micro-autocrats (governors) in their manors. They fought for this right since they had own strategies how in the best way to enrich themselves, how to control the economy in the manors. As we indicated in Chapter 3, the king ruled through a council of his leading nobles. In this case, the pyramidal structure is more complex: the base of the main pyramid ←139 | 140→consists of separate small pyramids. This demonstrates the first step of decentralization of the command economy. The ruler benefits from taxation but is unable to dictate what to produce, how to produce, and in what quantities. But this structure is not efficient as well since the mansions’ economy is still a command economy. However, for small size mansions and predominantly agricultural production plus a skillful management the results can be tangible even in this case. The communist NEP...

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