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    (Original post by Howard)
    What do you mean by that? That they should be abolished if/when they become too popular?
    I would also very much like an answer to this, as this is the exact approach that the Belgium government took on the issue with the Vlaams Blok.

    http://vlaamsblok.be/het_proces_en_index.shtml

    In 2003 the Vlaams Blok achieved 19.7% of the vote in the national elections and gained 24 seats.
    In 1999 the Vlaams Blok achieved 14.8% of the vote in the european elections and gained 2 seats.
    In 2000 the Vlaams Blok held 461 seats in 163 municipal councils and 54 seats in all provincial councils.

    As the figures show, the Vlaams Blok are by no means a fringe group and polls predict that the Vlaams Blok will win the coming elections and become Belgium's biggest party.

    However on April 21st a Belgian court issued a verdict which has to all intents and purposes banned the party.
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    (Original post by ruffian)
    that isnt a burden, if the majority want them in then its what the country wants. Has anyone stopped to think, if the BNP got elected by a majority vote that it will be because the people of our country want them in? those who oppose them will therefore be in the minority and democracy will have taken place. why is that a burden?

    "Nor is the people's judgement always true,
    The most may err as grossly as the few"
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    (Original post by ruffian)
    that isnt a burden, if the majority want them in then its what the country wants. Has anyone stopped to think, if the BNP got elected by a majority vote that it will be because the people of our country want them in? those who oppose them will therefore be in the minority and democracy will have taken place. why is that a burden?
    because most educated people would realise that something's not right and that possibly a type of brainwashing (as in Hitler's speeches) is going on and you may reach a point of no return as, for instance, when the Nazis took control...I think we really need to learn from history.
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    Even if they are bad, you have to look at it this way: You cant just ban someone for what they believe in.
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    (Original post by TELEPATHICTUBBY)
    because most educated people would realise that something's not right and that possibly a type of brainwashing (as in Hitler's speeches) is going on and you may reach a point of no return as, for instance, when the Nazis took control...I think we really need to learn from history.
    So when people vote for a party that you agree with, it's just people making considered judgements on a political party. But when it's a party you disagree with it suddenly becomes brainwashing?

    These 'educated people' - meaning democratic socialists I assume - will get to decide whether or not a party is gaining votes through 'brainwashing' and ban it if they are. Do you seriously think that this would be acceptable?
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    Funny, as the thought of banning extremists is a bit of an extremist policy in itself. I wonder if any government doing this will reailse it's another one of those if-you-fight-it-you-become-it problems.
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    It's a good topic for debate on the principles behind democracy. On the one hand, the people should govern, and if they elect a far-right, racist party, then it should be accepted.

    On the other hand, do they really know what they're doing and who they're voting for? In this case perhaps action by a group or individual (a Monarch perhaps) is needed to ban the party.

    I previously believed that if the people elected a racist party then they should take power. However, since then I've realised that generally, the electorate don't think rationally. I don't know if I'd 'ban' them, but I think some sort of action would be needed.
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    I'm fed up with all these anti-British traitors being elected into government and I have already felt for a long time that people have not got a clue what they are voting for: they easily forget all the wrong doings that a governing party has made, they often vote for the same promises that were broken in the previous term.

    Does this give me the right to take power by force and erect a fascist dictatorship? There is about as much justification for me doing so as there is for 'far-right' parties being banned.
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    The key in preventing extremist getting into power is to have economic prosperity. If the majority of people are materially happy then extremist will not suceed. If this is guareteed then there will never be the chance for an extremist party to gain power.
 
 
 
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