Food for Thought: Evolving Democracy

Well, I’ve spent some time placing together a few well-intentioned ideas that I had into a digestible document.  This is the product and below is a sample paragraph from the introduction:

Democracy, similar to evolution, is an inherently flawed system.  The subscription to the idea that a government of the people is, in theory, the most rational and most candid system of government to operate is more than reasonable; particularly in comparison to other forms of government.  However, without carefully reasoned, well-intentioned and periodically modernized mechanisms in place, a democracy can begin to work against the very people that the system aims to protect.  Subsequently, while most modern democracies have long implemented legal affirmations of popular liberties like: freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom to peacefully assemble, the right to participate in fair and free elections and freedom from government abuses, there are still many matters that need to be addressed.  Democracy likely cannot be perfected, but that should not be the goal.  Democracy can be made fairer, egalitarian, and better equipped to stand the test time. And also, like evolution, there should be room for adaptation.

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4 responses to “Food for Thought: Evolving Democracy

  1. The United States of America was originally set up as a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy. This way, the rule of the law was always to be adhered to, not the view of the many. It has devolved into a form of democracy, and if you are really paying attention, well on its way to being a dictatorship.

    • No offense here but that sounds like a right-wing talking point. The US was set up as a federal republic and also a constitutional representative democracy; the two are not mutually exclusive. Also, it was not set up to make sure that the rule of law was adhered to but to make sure that the wealthy ruling class (the fearful minority of the day) was not overpowered by the masses looking to take their wealth AND to establish a range of representatives to prevent the future implementation of a monarchy. It evolved into a broader, or more direct democracy because the ruling class had to turn over some power to the people to prevent prolonged civil unrest. And while it is continuing to evolve, the US is not heading toward a dictatorship but more of an oligarchical democracy aka plutocracy. There is not one woman or man that is ruling or can rule the US.

  2. Pingback: Czerulf: Is democracy in a crisis? (Part 1 – General considerations) | Czerulf's Thoughts

  3. Once you go beyond the Left/Right illusion, and look behind the curtain, you will see what is really going on.

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