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An applause light is an empty statement which evokes positive affect without providing new information.
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An applause light is an empty statement which evokes positive affect without providing new information.

We believe we are already within a democratic system. Some factors are still missing, like the expression of the people's will. - Roberto Eduardo Viola

The substance of a democracy is the specific mechanism that resolves policy conflicts. If all groups had the same preferred policies, there would be no need for democracy - we would automatically cooperate. The resolution process can be a direct majority vote, or an elected legislature, or even a voter-sensitive behavior of an AI, but it has to be something. What does it mean to call for a "democratic" solution if you don't have a conflict-resolution mechanism in mind?

I think it means that you have said the word "democracy", so the audience is supposed to cheer. It's not so much a propositional statement, as the equivalent of the "Applause" light that tells a studio audience when to clap.

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