Democracia Directa – Visão Cristã

Segundo a graça de Deus que me foi dada, eu, como sábio arquitecto, assentei o alicerce, mas outro edifica sobre ele. Mas veja cada um como edifica, pois ninguém pode pôr um alicerce diferente do que já foi posto: Jesus Cristo. (ICoríntios 3, 10-11)

Learning democracy is the only way to avoid dictatorship.

“I do not believe that dictatorship is a lasting form of scientific society – unless (but this proviso is important) it can become world-wide.” – Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society, 1952

A game that came from the past into the present:
According to the official version of the story, the game Monopoly will have been produced and put to sale in 1935 by Charles Darrow, a Pennsylvania salesman who was unemployed (as so many others) during the years that followed the Great Depression in the United States of America. The game was, it is well known, an enormous commercial success for the years that followed (even last year was released a new version that uses credit cards instead of money). However, to tell you the truth, the history of the game is a lot more complex.
Monopoly is a game that promotes the values of capitalism and appears, seemingly for no reason, right after the, so said, biggest crisis of capitalism – at least until now.
Well, you think, it’s only a game, a playful thing…
Then, think again. The appearance in 1973 of a new game called Anti-Monopoly, created by Ralph Anspach, a Professor of Economics at San Francisco State University, caused a ten year court battle with Parker Brothers, the company that held the rights of the game Monopoly, and what more has followed.

A new game that shall go from the present unto the future:
In January 2008, when the present economic crisis was at its peak, a group of people living in Ireland (apparently, none of them unemployed) started to grow the idea of creating a new game to promote the values of democracy instead of those of capitalism, social justice and respect for human rights instead of greed and legalized extortion.
They actually materialized their idea two years and eight months latter, in September 2010, when the game Democracy the Board Game went on sale.
Can a mere game instil values of a given type in Society?
Let’s see. Are not the prevailing values today ambition unbounded, competition extreme, the love of money?
Is that really what citizens want? Or would they prefer to play a different game on politics, with different rules?
Take this opportunity to learn because no one has ever born a democrat.

Note: My Portuguese visitors and readers must be wondering why did I wrote and published this post in English. The answer is really quite simple. As far as I know, this game is now only available in English. So, those who can read this article can also play the game in the full knowledge of its rules, and those who cannot they’ll better wait for its translation to Portuguese.

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