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Democracy is the worst form of government

  • By: Qwaider

  • On:Tuesday, February 03, 2009 2:13:57 AM
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    except for all those others that have been tried...

    -Sir Winston Churchill

    It's also worth mentioning that Churchill was beaten by a Palestinian, in Gaza!

    Democracy today, is a big fat lie, something that doesn't exist, and never really existed. Although, many would rush quickly to condemn me as Anti-progress, I'm not, I'm more progressive than you can imagine. But, not mindlessly. I think, I weigh, and I understand how the world works.

    Let me explain what I mean, but before I start, I want to reaffirm that I love democracy. I would love to live in a Democracy. I would like to have my children grow up in a democracy. A real democracy, and not a fake lie like we have today.

    Democracy in its core is based on a few things. It was reincarnated after the sever abuse by the state the theocratic rule of the middle ages in Europe. Yes, theists seized power and helped orchestrate the Dark Ages.

    Eventually, the age of Enlightenment came to exist and with it, the rekindling of the Democratic flame that would go on until today. And right now, it's shining in at a glorious example of human progress.

    Now let's go back to the base of democracy, the separation of authorities (powers) where you would have a Legislative power (which institutes laws), the Executive power (which governs, and rules) and the Judicial power (which resolves disputes). As you can see, the theological power is not represented here. However, individuals in all these three authorities have the right to believe in whatever it is that they want to believe in.

    The other aspect commonly associated with Democracy is the "Bill of rights", not necessarily upheld, or exclusive to democracies. It defines the rights of citizens living under democracy, and how they interact with other people. Conflicts are resolved by resorting to the Judicial power, and enforced by the Executive power.

    There are of course lesser powers that are really not mentioned here, but just like Gravity in the Universe. One can't explain the universe without including all basic powers. These powers include, Special interest groups and the media (Journalism is commonly referred to as the fourth power/Authority).

    Democracy is not all that benevolent. In fact, minorities are often crushed under the rule of democracy because it's very hard for them to mount enough mass to make any difference. This is clear in the US where for decades environmentalists have been totally brushed off as being extremists and ominous dooms day prophets because they don't have enough critical mass behind them to support them or their ideas.

    The second segment that is often devastated by democracy is the unfortunate bottom of the pyramid. It wouldn't take you long to know if a certain neighborhood in America or any other rich western democracy is rich or poor. Judging by the services and the conditions that people live in. These are people who represent the huge masses, but they were dealt the wrong hand of democracy. They're not bailed out if they screw up. And they continue to be overlooked by democracy.

    The third segment that is completely neglected by democracy is that of the non-citizens. Or citizens of less fortunate countries. Under most democracies, these have no rights, whatsoever!

    With those two major issues in the eyes of every democracy in existence, we can conclude that the "for the people, by the people" motto is just ink on paper. It is more accurately interpreted as, "for the fortunate few of the citizens, by the rest of the people". (And yes, you see that "Citizens" word on Wikipedia? I added that, because that is what it really is), it's not for the people for real.

    Let's go back to the historical part. Remember when I said, separation of "Church and state"? Well, you see, in Europe, that was a huge issue. Scientist were being ridiculed, accused of heresy, forced to take back their findings, condemned to be possessed by demons, and sadly burned at the stake for any idea that deviated from the main stream. In fact, most lived in constant fear of being exposed because of the strong control of religious people in the theocracies of Europe in those days. So eventually, people rebelled and decided that Church+state=Bad!

    The east wasn't as misfortunate, the Arab/Islamic world continued for centuries to be the shining example of forward progressive thinking and the adoption of science. Most advancements we know today are rooted in the science that was eventually trickled to the west as the west liberated itself from the social shackles, and the age of enlightenment sparked.

    Surprisingly, the system in the places that survived the dark Ages was not Democracy. It was a mix of Islamic Khilafet with regional rulers who became Emirs.

    What is immediately clear is that the Islamic System catered for the needs of the people (all the people, Muslims, Christians and others) for over a thousand years. Not a single democracy in Existence has existed for that long. It also managed to be reasonably fair to the people living under its rule and helped spread out equality to everyone. There was no coercion, Christians remain Christians, and Jews remained Jews. In fact, Jews ran away with the Muslims out of Andalusia in fear of the inquisitions that were coming with the theocratic (Church) rule coming from the north.

    When we talk theology these days, the only example that jumps to the mind of the West is the rule of the Church and how horrible it was. Inquisitions, burning at the stake, torture devices, forced slavery. And many automatically generalize that to Islam. The religion that survived the dark ages and has faithfully delivered the human legacy for the generations to follow.

    I hate to say this but Islam is not the Church. Islam didn't prosecute scientists, to the contrary it always held them in high esteem. This is not in defense of Islam. This is a well documented fact, alas, it's not well known to many

    Let's examine more examples where Democracy really failed.

    Britain, was a democracy when it colonized -against the wishes of the natives- most of the known world. It was also a Democracy when it conspired with another Democracy (France) to divide the Arab world and split the Othman Empire in three parts. Only to be exposed by Lenin, the Communist leader after he decided not to take part. Yet, the middle east suffered (and continues) to suffer the consequences of colonialism under the Democratic governments of France and Britain.

    The US was a democracy when it performed genocide over the native Indians, It was also a democracy when it invaded Afghanistan, and Iraq. It was also a democracy when torture was being performed in its prisons and arrest centers around the world.

    Netherlands is also a democracy that is attributed with the Slavery ships that were taking Africans and selling them in the New world.

    Yet, with all shortcomings of Democracy, I can't say I don't appreciate it. In fact, I love democracy, and hope that one day it will become implemented in the Arab world, where most of the people are still living under the rule of tyrannical totalitarian regimes, and under the rule of superstition and witchcraft represented in the horrible misrepresentation of Islam in the modern societies.

    But let's be realistic, IF we were living in a democracy in the Arab world TODAY, how much would we change? If you're not aware of Newton's first law, let me restate it here. A body persists its state of rest or of uniform motion unless acted upon by an external unbalanced force. Even with a democracy in place, the amount of external force needed for change is going to be huge. In fact, even with the tyrannical regimes that we have today, we might be better off than a democracy that is going to have its legislative system based on what some dude, in the middle of the desert understands. At least, we're playing progressive with our laws.

    Change appears to come to those who actively seek it, it's not a given, and it's not easy. For this society to actually change. There needs to be a huge strides in our understanding and in our tolerance to conflicting ideas. But learning from the example of those who have surpassed us in democracy. It's clear that Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those that have been tried. Democracy continues to be illusive, and appears to only exist in the books, or dreamers' minds.

    Other Memories Documented on February 03
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    The bad things you list about democracy were done by the State against non-citizens. Ergo, democracy did not fail, it merely excluded non-citizens of that democracy. ;-)

    Under the Martian Empire, Earthlings won't need to have discussions about the merits of democracy anymore. ;-)
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    When i came to Australia I realized how big and fat the lie of democracy is! and Im not referring to non-citizens nor minorities! here is something i find freaky, the government hands out a small amount of money as aid to first-time home buyers, the amount is so small compared to the price of the house it is laughable, why? what do they want? that ALL citizens end up being in debt to a bank? instead of urging people to live in a free-to-choose mentality, they cuff their freedom and binds it to a stupid "mortgage" i find this highly alarming and irritating, eventually, the government does what it wants to do, because people are so distracted by their heavy mortgages and for what? to own a house a strong wind can take away? thats enslaving, not democracy!
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    To be truthful, that is the main thing that the United States ar in short supply of since the outlawing of slavery. Hard working alien citizens who will not be heard by their neighbors. Only instead of being owned by people they are instead owned by interest rates and corporations.
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    As the above poster stated, the examples you mention are not where democracy has failed. Imperialism for example, was not averted by democracy, but would a dictatorship have made it better? No. Democracy is not all-powerful, but it is evident that it is the best known form of government today. Imperialism was not democracy failing, it was ethical values and moral principles failing. As is the case with the recent bail-outs!
    You see, Churchill also said:
    "Democracy is the worst form of government...except for all those other forms that have been tried."
    And he was right.
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