Today on paper the majority of the worlds countries are democracies. Something which many look upon as a good figure, and a statistic to be proud of in our currently progressive way of thinking. However we do need to pause for a moment and have a look at what these claimed democracies work. The fact remains that one in three people today, live their lives inside of an authoritarian system. And although elections are at a point where they are used everywhere, what is available to elect, is not always representative of the people. Of course many factors come into play, but even something so basic, and democratic as an election, can in many places not be completed in peace either.
So we have to question where we draw the line, for what is a democracy, and for what claims to be one. The practice of the ideology, is much harder to do in practice than in theory, however many of today’s so called democracies work more as dictatorships than towards equality.
Financial implications in case of democracy
We do not claim to have a detailed understanding of how a democracy should work in it’s ideal state, but what we would like to shed some light on is that for the everyday life, and for the citizens of a democracy what is propagated in terms of common belief is not always correct. By always showing democracy as the ideal way of rule in our current modern society, a danger of grave misconceptions may spawn. In a democracy there is freedom and equality, and everyone has the right to their own say, as well as to cast their vote.
There are of course legislation to control the financial market, but from an economical perspective the opportunities and the equality is not present in our current system. Those with opportunity will take it, leading inevitably to the rich gaining more, and the poor having less. The ideal democratic system is one where the human condition is not taken into account, and any system who does not take this critical factor into account is bound to crumble at some point.
Democracy and Rights
In the current global fight for human rights, democracy is used as a way to promote equality. What more often than not tends to be forgotten is that democracy only works in an ideal state. Just forcing democracy onto a country in conflict, or poverty will not make the issues solve themselves. Seemingly it’s only fair that each individual, each citizen of a country get’s to cast their own vote. Not many can argue against the value of this, and the value of a free expression. For this reason all should be encouraged to explore and learn for the greater good.
However in the current state of the world, and the different implementations of democracy around the world. There are many challenges which needs to be addressed. Starting with the limited choice many democratic countries are faced with when looking to the options presented. Unequally distributed wealth in a country will also lead to big differences in how ones vote is cast, and unfortunately many vote keeping their own wallet in mind rather than listening to their more humanitarian side. There is also a big responsibility placed on each individual to be engaged, and to make choices based on their opinion and view, rather than just what they are told or what others do. Of course this is also overlapping with the issues there may be with a ruled press, ran by consumerism, under the current government and a lack of responsibility to inform rather than to propagate their own agendas. Thanks to Everyday Plumbers Bristol.
Requiring of active participation
A point to bring up which the team here sees as vitally important, and something we bring into light now is the importance of having political activity and participation in a democracy. Of course the term itself is a description of an ideal, which we governments try to embody and mimic.
However in the world with all its complexity, there are many factors which are not predictable, one of which, and some would call it an intrinsic part of a democratic system is that of any individuals will.
Today the vast majority of the western world is ran under democratic regime, or this is what it would be called officially, but with the global free market and a free range for the privileged to live in a way, which puts us in competition with ourselves.
The team here are of course critical in view, however we do not claim to have the answers as we are only expressing our own freedom of expression, another thing which is a factor, a must, a requirement for a democracy to exist in the first place. This system in which each individual have their say should they wish, at least to which one of the parties already in existence get to rule.
Unfortunately there are many issues with a democracy, and even here at home we suffer from a two party system where most citizens are not overwhelmed with choices. Many when asked on the street holds no political interest and sees the government as the bad guys which only fills the responsibility quota in the region of equality and democracy as far as their PR campaign budget takes them.
If you agree with us feel free to get in touch with your comments, the same of course goes if you have a different standpoint and would like to give us feedback and suggestions. Please stay tuned, and until next time.
Can democracy live within a consumerist culture?
Looking at a country who long has been assumed to be the most powerful country on this globe, The United states of America. Without a doubt one of the strongest consumerist cultures in existence on our planet, and also proclaiming democracy is best for all, fighting wars for the freedom of people, or is it? At times the military actions taken seem more directed by finance than the well being of the citizens. This is of course true for many democracies, and the question becomes, can democracy and an economic system that is functioning in a dog eat dog world exist at the same time or is it just an illusion of an ideal. In theory there is no issue with the co existence of these two conditions, however if it does not function under certain rules, or if the motivation is driven by money and power, and how you get more of it. Then there is no chance. But this is just the view and opinion of one side.
Privacy is required as a base for democracy
Whether or not we live in a democracy in the current can be discussed, and is so, with high frequency. For the team here the question is not so much about the current state of affairs, as we believe that we are currently living in privileged times, and to discuss the ideology and compare it with reality is always a tricky field to enter. What the team here does see however is the importance of ensuring that there is privacy, something that we see more and more disappearing in the current day and age. With increasing CCTV monitoring, internet and social media, credit cards, registrations and much more. In other words, there are more recordings of your existence today than ever before, and the date collected on you run deeply. In most cases a full psychological profile of you could be mapped from the information external parts hold on you, and on some accounts using this data will most likely let the analyser know more about you than you do yourself.
This is something that the team here sees as a threat to the current welfare and the current state of democracy. If there is no privacy there is only control, and that control means fear, and fear means there is no long a freedom to choose. It may be a roundabout way of stating things, however to say it in a more concise way, if you do not have the right to your own thoughts, what type of democracy do we live in. This is something we believe is worth considering and something to keep in mind. Keep tuned for more thought worms, as they will be sure to reappear here again soon.
What is democracy?
It may be best described best as a form of government, a system for people to live in a society as equals and individuals. A system where everyone have the right to freedom of speech, and everyone has a say in who rules the country. The citizens of a government are equal participants, either directly, or more commonly today, indirectly, by having the right to cast their own vote to represent what one thinks, and what factors should be held into consideration as choices in rules, regulation, law, resources etc. Democracy is something commonly connected with equality, justice and liberty.
A democracy in an ideal state, should be equal to a rule of people, or a government by people. This means in a short way that all who in any way effected by something, should have equal say in the making of any decisions and choices. In a democracy where people chose their government, for it to function as it should, those representatives must make all their decisions and act in line with the will of the people. Of course often argued is if people always know what is best for them, if they do not hold political knowledge maybe they can be easily fooled by marketing and political campaigns. Thanks to our sponsor Bristol Locksmiths.
The old philosopher
The old Greek philosophers proclaimed that philosophers should rule the state, and govern the people, however in a democracy, which is a more individualistic way of rule than some form of dictatorship or communistic rule. Perhaps in the ideal state, all citizens would be the philosophers, who do not only take into account the direct and short term cause and effects of the current situations. But cast their vote, and make their voice herd in a longer time frame, and for a wider perspective.
Another quite clear example of how democracy is not used in it’s ideal state is seen in the forceful ways to impose it despite the negative effects to the citizens of a non democratic rule. Claiming democracy is a solution, and must be implemented for the good of the people, when it’s in actuality not good for the citizens. However this could also be seen as using democracy as a cloak for other motives.
Lastly, currently there are examples of non-democratic governments who are driving their countries economy into better states of welfare for their people. Who try to provide equal opportunities for their people though dedication, commitment, hard work and merit rather than this being provided by wealth and status which one which on is born in to. The positives with non-democratic regimes for countries are often cloaked in the press, and people are lead to believe in democracy blindly rather than understating how it can and can’t work. Checked out our latest blog?