You are on.
It's all good
It's all BS
I don't know
There are superior systems than democracy
You are on.
Sorry, I hope you won't find the smiley offensive (or the poll for that matter). After all the grenade is off, not on.
Anyway, I would like to live in a direct democracy society. Representative democracy is somewhat tricky, imho - it legitimates power and creates the impression that people are in charge which they are not.
What do you think?
knee jerk reaction is NO, if The People get to vote immediately and whatever they vote is law, their passions are too easily swayed and it becomes a tyranny of the majority.
But possibly one could come up with a mix of representative and direct democracy, leaning more toward the latter, limited by the BoR, that wouldn't be tyrannical....
Perhaps. But there have to be limits on government, and checks and balances to keep power in check no matter WHO wields it.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
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"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
There are better systems than any form of Democracy. Autocracy, for example. The issue I have with every form of Democracy/Republic I've seen is that they allow the vote of the imeciles and idiots to carry the same weight as the votes of those who are truly Good and Decent people and those who are actually Intelligent. IF there was a means to ensure (via testing, regulating, etc....) that only the voices of those individuals who have proven themselves to be Educated, Informed, and Moral were heard THEN some form of Democracy or Republic might be worthwhile. Government of the Masses simply allows the feces to float to the top. Nothing more.
I voted for representative democracy (which many Americans like to emphasize is a "republican" system -- small "r").
As Goshing says above, there is the risk that direct democracy becomes a tyranny of the majority. And I don't trust the mob. Even when its members are intelligent individuals, mobs tend to act dumb and aggressive. I don't believe the masses have the necessary wisdom and decency to act wisely. When there just is a smart demagogue, you can organize majorities for all kind of outrageous things -- especially when it goes against minorities, be that immigrants, blacks, Jews, "Gipsies", Muslims, rich people, poor people. Minority bashing always flies well with the mob. If the system was a direct democracy, this effect would be much worse than it is in representative republics already. That's why there must be checks against mob opinion.
That said, I believe in smaller countries/states, elements of direct democracy within a representative system can work well. In Switzerland, for example, it seems to work -- but they have only 8 million inhabitants. I don't think that is feasible in much larger countries such as Germany with 80 million, or the USA with 300 million inhabitants.
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"Not learning from mistakes is worse than committing mistakes. When you don't allow yourself to make mistakes, it is hard to be tolerant of others and it does not allow even God to be merciful."
EDIT - Oh, and I agree with German Guy that democracies work best when they are smaller. In fact, I believe that once they grow beyond a certain scale, they become unworkable.
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