[LMB] Democracy (WAS OT: Feudal Nonsense)

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Tue Nov 2 01:10:40 GMT 2010

On Nov 1, 2010, at 7:00 PM, Tony Zbaraschuk wrote:

>>> But they don't govern as a body (though I'm sure the Pope pays attention
>>> to them); they elect the leader _and that's it_.  The Vatican is an
>>> elective monarchy; it's just not a _hereditary_ monarchy like North Korea
>>> or Syria.
>> It has the disadvantage that many dictatorships have in that the 
>> only way to leave office is to die.
> It's theoretically possible to resign; Celestine V did so.  There is
> some argument about the value of this case as a precedent, however.

Or to be conquered.

But as you pointed out - theory loses out to actual practice.

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