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Theocracy is a form of government in which God or a deity of some type is recognised as the supreme ruling authority, giving divine guidance to human intermediaries that manage the day to day affairs of the government who claim they are in power due to the divine will of their God or gods. Famous theocracies throughout history include the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire where Emperors were often declared gods.

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Theocracies are described as the antithesis to democracy, but are they?
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The alternatives to theocracy around the world don't work

While there are many systems of governing aside from theocracies, they are not preferrable.
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The Argument

North Korea, USSR/Russia and China have little religious influence. In fact they have a history of suppressing religion. In some countries, there is a political ideology sponsored by the government that may be called political religion. For example the North Korean government has promulgated Juche as a political alternative to traditional religion. The doctrine advocates a strong nationalist propaganda basis and is fundamentally opposed to Christianity and Buddhism, the two largest religions on the Korean peninsula.

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Premises

[P1] Having a theocracy is preferrable to having a regime based on political religion.

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Further Reading

Samantha May, Erin K. Wilson, Claudia Baumgart-Ochse & Faiz Sheikh (2014) The Religious as Political and the Political as Religious: Globalisation, Post-Secularism and the Shifting Boundaries of the Sacred, Politics, Religion & Ideology, 15:3, 331-346, DOI: 10.1080/21567689.2014.948526

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