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Democracy is a very broad term that can also include authoritarian rule. Democracy alone does not exclude despotism. That's why there are checks and balances by seperate powers- which are not necessarily elective.

If Berlusconi wins again the only effective seperate power left will by the judiciary branch- and some of the written press.

He will control the media, the legislative and executive branches, and have, as Mussolini, a strong ally in Ratzinger's Vatican. The only power beyond his control are the European institutions against which he fought throughout his past tenure. They are however very slow and the eventual costs would be defracted onto the state rather than on to his government.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sat Mar 29th, 2008 at 08:21:22 AM EST
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