Failures of democracy


Shortcomings of democracy

Many feel that our modern democracies are far from being perfect. Some even say that the very concept of democracy is flawed. Winston Churchill is often quoted to have quipped that of all forms of government, democracy is the worst, except for all other forms of government.

This wiki pages aims to cover:

  1. all the ways our implementation of the democratic ideal is imperfect.
  2. all the ways the very nature of democracy is flawed.

What are the fundamental flaws in our society?

What are the fundamental flaws in our society and in our form of government?

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Give a higher score to the problems you feel are the most acute, important and fundamental.

Choice Blog entries Score votes Maximum score
82.5 % The way we select our representatives 7 entries 66 8 80
82.5 % The way we conduct elections 5 entries 66 8 80
80 % The way our political system allows the least principled of our citizens to be elected into office. 2 entries 16 2 20
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Can we get out of the corrupt political system in the US?

The request for "an honest idea to get us out of the corrupt and useless political system we live in (US)" is a tall order. To be valid, such an idea must show that it addresses the causes of our present condition. However difficult the task, we must make the effort if we are to avoid civil disorder. My greatest fear is that we'll find ourselves in the throes of that disorder before we've done our homework - before we've reasoned our way to a sound political system that is free of the corruption and ineffectiveness that plague our present system.

Thoughts on Government

There are, in my view, three fundamental flaws in our government: the way we maintain our laws, the way we tax, and the way we select our representatives. Until we improve the way we select our representatives, we cannot sunset bad laws or improve our tax code.

Thoughts on Democracy

If we are to have a voice in our government, we must have a way to influence the choice of issues the government will address and the choice of the individuals we think best able to resolve them.

Fred Gohlke

Practical Democracy: Why It's Necessary

Democracy Is Not A Team Sport

Democracy places political power in the people, but the people can be fooled into using their power against themselves. As George Washington warned us in his Farewell Address1, "cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men" were able to "subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government" by encouraging the people to take sides on public issues rather seeking agreement on the best resolution.

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