In your opinion, does democracy function well enough to keep around, or should the people create a new, more promising system?
When you say "democracy," are you referring to the current American government? If not, what time of democracy are you referring to?
What she said^ because technically America is a Constitutional Republic... direct democracy doesn't really work in large-scale governments...
^ Canada is a democracy...
Well, technically we're a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy.
The Governor General (the British Monarch's represenative) has the final say on any legislation being passed, but since s/he practically never refuses to give the Royal Assent, for all intents and purposes, we are a democracy.
And while no system is perfect, I really do think that democracy is the best we've got.
God bless. ♥
Sorry that wasn't really clear. I was talking about "direct democracy" which, as far as my understanding goes is the classic grecian "everybody votes on everything"
(except slaves. and women. ((oops)).
I don't know that much about Canadian government. I should go read up on that...
As far as a new system goes... I think a constitutional republic is a great outline provided it is not corrupted. buuuut.... it's kind of human nature that power corrupts...
In an ideal, peaceful, awesome world, I'd go for anarchy. But we don't have an ideal, peaceful, awesome world, so that doesn't quite work, and I think that at its core, the American (sorry, I don't have enough info to speak for other countries) government system, while far from perfect, is a really good foundation.
In general, Democracy is a type of government functioned by the citizens of a nation, either directly or by elected representatives. As a matter of fact, yes, it is the best type of government we have at current. It gives the people a chance to voice up their views.
Coming to the new and more promising system, it really is a very innovative topic. Yet, such a type of new governement would be necessary only if the views of the people are not properly attended to. Otherwise, I think Democracy does function well enough in all aspects.
Can I just point out, on a tangentially related note, that it's not the overall amount of regulation that determines a successful system of capitalism, but the specific kinds of regulations that are put in place?
"It's not the overall amount of regulation that determines a successful system of capitalism, but the specific kinds of regulation that are put in place."
Well, I certainly agree with that point.
When I said "democracy", I meant the actual pure system of voting in any context, and how "majority always wins". This doesn't necessarily have to be on a large scale, but I'm curious about the principle in general.
I for one am not a fan of representitive democracy that we have in place in America. However, with how big this country is, we can't vote on every matter, so really it's the best the we can have in America.
To be quite honest, I think that any form of government in this world will have problems. A general democracy is the best we have come up with though it could certainly use some reforming and polishing up. In America, I particularly dislike the Electoral College, or at least the current form that we have. Using computers however, I believe that a much better voting system and more involving voting system could be implemented. If technology could be used in a safe way, that would eliminate the problem of have too large or too populous a country.
I really like the system we have in Canada, though we could do with some Senate reform (which there has been talk of).
I agree with Archer, though: any form of government in this world will have its problems. Because the only way to have a perfect government would be to have perfect people.
At least in democracy there is some balance of power and representatives are accountable to the voters.
God bless. ♥
"we could do with some Senate reform"
haha massive understatement :P made me laugh :')
I don’t know how anything could be more perfect than democracy. Democracy means that everybody votes. Everybody gets a say on how things play out, whether that’s directly or through a representative, every single citizen can speak their mind. What else would suggest if not a democracy?
Caeser123: "Everybody gets a say on how things play out, whether that’s directly or through a representative, every single citizen can speak their mind."
(Sorry, totally would have bolded it but I'm on mobile)
The biggest problem with that however, is that THE MAJORITY goes (in a true democracy). Therefore, you have things such as the people voting to not pay debts because they're majority and bankers are minority (clearly I'm exaggerating but you get my point). The current American system works (arguably), but I agree on consensus here; the electoral college is not the "end all be all." I wonder how a socialist America would do...
I agree with Half.note the ideal society would be anarchy but alas, not everyone is perfect.