What’s gone wrong with democracy

What’s gone wrong with democracy – The Economist, March, 2014
[Thanks to Tom for pointing this out.]
…One reason why so many democratic experiments have failed recently is that they put too much emphasis on elections and too little on the other essential features of democracy. The power of the state needs to be checked, for instance, and individual rights such as freedom of speech and freedom to organise must be guaranteed. The most successful new democracies have all worked in large part because they avoided the temptation of majoritarianism—the notion that winning an election entitles the majority to do whatever it pleases.
…Robust constitutions not only promote long-term stability, reducing the likelihood that disgruntled minorities will take against the regime. They also bolster the struggle against corruption, the bane of developing countries. Conversely, the first sign that a fledgling democracy is heading for the rocks often comes when elected rulers try to erode constraints on their power—often in the name of majority rule…

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One Response to What’s gone wrong with democracy

  1. %%% says:

    NOT a democracy, never has been a democracy, and likely never will be. Probably an impractical alien system for a culture which so constantly puts huge emphasis on unquestioning loyalty to a laissez-faire elite. Even the redshirt leadership have bourgeous kleptocratic tendencies. But then again, the CPT always was a complete waste of space.

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