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Rebel Mystic: Toward a Theorization of the Aesthetic and Communicative Dimensions of Reggae and Dub
Unformatted Document Text:  30 and lack of legitimacy to the system. Modern democracies have, on the other hand, become stable and affluent mainly because they allow the existence of individual liberty and competitiveness. While an equal distribution of power is not perhaps possible, a more equal distribution of power is achievable. Recall that I defined democracy earlier as a political procedure that allows the presence of political rights, civil liberties, majoritarian decision-making or voting mechanism as well as a system that permits the continuous achievement of a more equal distribution of power. Thus, the first three dimensions of democracy, political rights, civil liberties, and majoritarian voting mechanism are more or less constant; once provided, they will, for the most part, remain provided. The variable dimension of democracy is the fourth one, a more equal distribution of power. For instance, the income of the population that is in the middle class, measured by the three- middle quintiles of the national income data, in today’s established democratic systems of the United States, Norway, and Sweden, circa 1995, was 48.50%, 54.40%, and 55.80%, respectively (World Development Indicators, 2001). And these figures will likely grow over time. But what is the realistically achievable level of democracy? In order to answer this question, I will make three assumptions. First, I assume that economic development will, due to human ingenuity and hard work, continue to propagate upward indefinitely. Second, the economic system in modern liberal democracies will continue to be based on private enterprises and ownership. Third, individuals in a given society do possess unequal distribution of skills and knowledge; this is perhaps mainly due to variations in the level of schooling, social background, and individual motivation. Given these assumptions, we could predict the level of democratic system that will most likely

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and lack of legitimacy to the system. Modern democracies have, on the other hand,
become stable and affluent mainly because they allow the existence of individual liberty
and competitiveness.
While an equal distribution of power is not perhaps possible, a more equal distribution
of power is achievable. Recall that I defined democracy earlier as a political procedure
that allows the presence of political rights, civil liberties, majoritarian decision-making or
voting mechanism as well as a system that permits the continuous achievement of a more
equal distribution of power. Thus, the first three dimensions of democracy, political
rights, civil liberties, and majoritarian voting mechanism are more or less constant; once
provided, they will, for the most part, remain provided. The variable dimension of
democracy is the fourth one, a more equal distribution of power. For instance, the
income of the population that is in the middle class, measured by the three- middle
quintiles of the national income data, in today’s established democratic systems of the
United States, Norway, and Sweden, circa 1995, was 48.50%, 54.40%, and 55.80%,
respectively (World Development Indicators, 2001). And these figures will likely grow
over time. But what is the realistically achievable level of democracy? In order to
answer this question, I will make three assumptions. First, I assume that economic
development will, due to human ingenuity and hard work, continue to propagate upward
indefinitely. Second, the economic system in modern liberal democracies will continue
to be based on private enterprises and ownership. Third, individuals in a given society do
possess unequal distribution of skills and knowledge; this is perhaps mainly due to
variations in the level of schooling, social background, and individual motivation. Given
these assumptions, we could predict the level of democratic system that will most likely


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