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Democracy

Democracy is great


Yes it is great, but not as great as people think. It has been said before "Democracy is the least worst form of government".


What is wrong with democracy?

The internal deficiencies of a democratic government.

Democracy is misunderstood

People generally believe that the government should reflect "the will of the people".
There are a couple of problems with this,
  • The will of the people is non-existent concept. e.g
    Person A wants the national flag to be blue and have no second preference, 
    Person B wants the national flag to be red and have no second preference , 
    Person C wants the national flag to be white and have no second preference , 
    They have a choice of voting for a red or white flag only, and take a vote and one colour is chosen. Could we say that the colour of the flag is representative of the will of the people.
  • Government is not elected by a majority of people, there are demographic groups that are excluded such as under 18's and prisoners. Of those that are eligible to vote only a percentage actually do.
  • It would be better to characterised say that government reflects "The will of the politicians, sanctioned by the majority of voters"
  • None of the candidates that stand may reflect the views of the majority.

Democracy  legalises plunder

There is an demonstratedly reason that democracy fails: voters ulimately vote for "more" which moves resources from productive activities into consumption.

Democracy can lead to an unstable laws

  • When an election comes up, no-one can be sure of the outcome. This makes it hard to plan, so it puts people off taking action because of the risk. 
  • Between people, the way to get certainty is to sign a contract. Government reserves the right to change the terms of its promises and laws at will.
  • Even when a leader is elected you can't be sure they will keep their promise, yet the effects of the law will affect you.
  • Democracy is the enemy of the rule of law.
Democracy leads thoughtless votes

Tyranny of the majority


"Democracy is the priciple of Majority rule, this can never the less mean that democracy degenerates into 'the tyranny of the majority'"

"Democracy is not always right; wisdom cannot be determined by the simle device of a show of hands"

"Encouraging people to accept the will of the majority, thereby promoting uniformity and dull conformism"

   --  Andrew Heywood

Quote 322

A government in which majority rule in all cases, cannot be based on justice

   --  Henry David Thoreau

Would you rather have, representative democracy or representative self ownership.
Voting is appropriate if voters want to be part of it.

There is no such thing as government or the state; there are only individuals acting together in their own interests against the interests of other individuals who are powerless to stop them.

Democracy has to be more than just an election every three years; otherwise we are stuck with an elected dictatorship for three years at a time.

Democratic deficit

Why wait until there is a majority of 1, to change a law. Moreover, a man more right than his neighbours constitutes a majority of 1 already.

A direct democracy seems to be what some people wish for, but that could not exist under our form of government, and does not exist anywhere in the modern world. Representative democracy is messy and imperfect, but is probably less imperfect than any of the alternatives. 
Even if 51% of people prefer something, there are 49% that don't. That could be a lot of people. Then, if x% of all those people don't even have intimate knowledge (an informed opinion) of what is up for discussion, then this could lead to bad laws being passed.

Contradiction of government


"People don't feel the need to put limitations on themselves, but feel popular government does."

   --  Stuart Mill


Representatives

Representatives are not accountable to voters
  • There is no contract
  • Are they bound by law to fufil pledges?
  • Do you have any recourse?
  • Politicians don't even know who voted for them

Links

Internal

External

http://www.voterpower.org.uk/camberwell-peckham
MMP http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/can-you-fix-the-economy/8278025/Can-you-fix-the-economy-End-MMP

"democracy, freedom and human rights are not one thing but three."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23832607 Forced voting must be balanced by an option of "None of the above"



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