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September 26, 2009

The foundamentals of democracy

I was surprised to see the reaction of people in the UK when they found out that in Greece you get fined and even put in jail if you refuse to vote in the general elections. They thought that it was totalitarian to force someone to vote in a democracy.

The interesting part though here is that without majority representation there is no democracy. The simplest concept of democracy is of majority rule. The majority of people support the government. However how does the government claim power when only supported by 40% of the population?

Democracy, as a way of rule, has rights but also obligations. One of those obligations is participation in the political life, with the only compulsory requirement to vote. In order to vote you would also read and form opinion during a campaign, therefore making sure that your view is also represented by a political party.

Lack of voting means that you lose your most precious democratic right and to avoid that, legislation in the first country to establish democracy enforces the obligation, safeguarding the democratic process of elections.

Pretty fair, don't you think?

2 Comments:

At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Democracy is a very interesting concept,but becomes insulting in the eyes of the people whose beliefs is voting democratically is making a choice on how to run a country according to the constitution. But surprisingly whoever one voted for end up as incompetent as the latest. My question is do people always have a say when they vote. Is there ever going to right candidate when they know what you want and use it to make vote for them. I personnaly don t think vote makes anything better as long as propaganda is used to manipulate for a win and not for a change, and the worst thing is same people who have ruined the hope of a successful democracy come back supposedly as potential candidates. So who do you vote for. Boycott is better so they know that they are not wanted. Democracy is a very interesting concept,but becomes insulting in the eyes of the people whose beliefs is voting democratically is making a choice on how to run a country according to the constitution. But surprisingly whoever one voted for end up as incompetent as the latest. My question is do people always have a say when they vote. Is there ever going to right candidate when they know what you want and use it to make vote for them. I personnaly don t think vote makes anything better as long as propaganda is used to manipulate for a win and not for a change, and the worst thing is same people who have ruined the hope of a successful democracy come back supposedly as potential candidates. So who do you vote for. Boycott is better so they know that they are not wanted. Mr erick from DRC

 
At 7:10 PM, Anonymous Dr. McClay said...

"Democracy has developed over time. Just as it has gone through many different stages in the past, it will continue to evolve and improve in the future. Along the way, it will be shaped into a more humane and just system, one based on righteousness and reality. If human beings are considered as a whole, without disregarding the spiritual dimension of their existence and their spiritual needs, and without forgetting that human life is not limited to this mortal life and that all people have a great craving for eternity, democracy could reach the peak of perfection and bring even more happiness to humanity." (Fethullah Gulen)
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