posted on Feb, 9 2011 @ 03:14 PM
The original post seems to confuse the idea of Democracy with Freedom. They are not the same thing. (apologies if i'm reading it wrong).
Democracy is simply governing by the will of the people. As opposed to Autocracy which is governing by the will of one person (or small group)
unaccountable to the people.
It is possible to have a high level of personal freedom in either system, or to have very little. It depends on the will of those with the power.
(Democracy is no guarantor of freedom as people are quite good at voting their or other peoples freedom away).
Democracy comes in certain flavours. Its either direct (a referendum) or some form of representative democracy where the majority select a smaller
group to make the decisions on their behalf for a defined period. All modern democracies are representative democracies of one form or another.
In future technology may make a direct vote democracy possible. Im certain it will. There are advantages, it becomes very much more difficult for any
narrow interest group to impose its will to the detriment of the majority. The downside is such a system may be inclined to produce gridlock, and also
unpopular decisions are sometimes necessary for national survival...
The representative system we currently employ is less prone to gridlock but is a fast breeder reactor for corruption. Much of what gets done is
directly in opposition to the needs of the majority and its so opaque that people don't even know how badly they are being failed.
The other often overlooked potential alternative is a form of Demarchy (sometimes referred to as lottocracy). This has a smaller randomly selected
sample of citizens voting on specific policies. Personally I think a combination of Representative Democracy and Demarchy is the ideal. You would
still have politicians and govt elected the normal way but the 2nd house to approve and amend bills would be randomly selected as a separate 'jury'
for each bill.
For example. In UK terms, the house of lords would be replaced by a separate Jury to vote on each bill proposed by the government. It better than
either another lot of corrupt politicians, toffs or cronies of previous governments.
just my 2 cents.
edit on 9-2-2011 by justwokeup because: typos