Is democracy the best form of Government? Why or why not?

United States
February 22, 2007 9:50am CST
There is a lot of fuss about how democracy is the best form of government because it gives the people a right to make decisions but is it all a mirage. Everyone knows that over the years there have been accusations that provided proof that elections were rigged. Furthermore is it fair to sy that democracy is better provided that most of us really have no knowledge of other forms of government. So what is your oppinion is democracy better or not? Please explain your answer?
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• United States
22 Feb 07
Yes democracy is the best because here each people has right of freedom of thoughts,speech etc.If you will go through definition it is so good however hard to implement completely as per definition. There are some demerits associated with it but better than dictator ship.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
I would definately have to agree. The only problem is that I'm not too sure why I agree because all I have ever known was democracy. I sometimes wonder that if I was born into communism would I crave democracy. I'm not a communist or anything I am proud to be american but it was just a thought you know?
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@tatzkie (644)
• Philippines
23 Feb 07
political culture is all about perception. What is necessary that people has a sense of basic knowledge how they are governed. This will legitimize the government. If people are not aware of how they are led. The people becomes uncertain of their overall direction. This can cause stability. The government of, by and for the people as the main battle cry for democracies is essential in the appreciation of people towards the government. If the people feels that they are no longer part and necessary in the whole governing process then there is no point of paying taxes or doing social responsibility. At this point... all i can say is that whatever government a country has it should be rooted in the common experience of the people. it should be reflective of the people political consciousness and wil, and that it should have be accountable to the people. May it be democracy or totalitarianism... it should come back to the collective will of the people.
• United States
23 Feb 07
Wow you seem to have a pretty good understanding of the government. Your opinion makes alot of sense.
@MrNiceGuy (4147)
• United States
22 Feb 07
A mirage? Its been working for quite some time now, and I don't think its a mirage. I think the people elect representatives to get their point across and if there is problem, those people are removed or voted out of office. Elections aren't rigged, people just complain. What other form of government would work better?
• United States
23 Feb 07
Good point. Anybody that knows me knows that I have issues with making a solid decision on things. I appreciate your input. maybe I just don't know how good I have it. Maybe I'm just spoiled because I do live in a democracy. I don't know. I guess you are right people just complain a lot because they don't know how bad things could be. The grass is not greener on the other side.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
24 Feb 07
I have no profound knowledge of political science and this is only my personal opinion based on observations of several countries which have a democratic form of government including mine. Democracy obviously works in several countries where the people are politically matured and know how to draw the line between their personal interest and the nation's. One man, one vote, freedom of the individual among others are its hallmarks. However, in countries where people are not that mature or whose culture doesn't fit the system, they are much better off having a benevolent kind of dictatorship, where a strong father figure decides the welfare and direction of the government. I am aware of the evils of dictatorship we saw happened in history but I'm thinking of the other side, like a father of a family who cares for his children, only this time on a much bigger scale. The Philippines is a good example. It is a well known fact that in the Philippines, nobody loses an election. It's either a candidate wins or he was cheated and days after the proclamation of a winner, the Commission on Elections is always flooded with tons of electoral protests demanding a recount of votes. It's not very often that after a recount is made, the protestor is found out to have won but is left with only a week to sit down in office because of the long process of deliberation. Democracy being a free market place of ideas just doesn't work. The scenario is always chaotic, nobody loses, everybody are with vested interests to fight for, political dynasties on the rise. etc. While politicians are having their days, people are suffering. The poor gets poorer, the rich richer. We would have been better off had someone who has a strong political will to see the country prosper sit in power. Implement programs with no vested interest and not just like what we see now which are mostly flashes in the pan. Short lived and high impact programs for popularity. What are the safeguards against abuse. People know how to rise when the need arises.
• United States
23 Feb 07
"Democracy is the worst form of government. Except for all the others." Winston Churchill
@Sasselle (698)
• Australia
23 Feb 07
It depends who you ask doesn't it? I mean it sure as hell would beat a dictatorship! I think it would be really hard to find a government system that would suit everyone. There will always be someone who is disapointed. In all honesty I think this is a hard question to answer as most people really don't know what a democracy really is. [I don't - i had to look it up as fact always gets confused with hear say] If you want a government which allows you to particpate in making of decisions, then democracy isn't a bad option - at least you can elect people to make decisions on behalf of you and you "have a say". Oh yeah ... technically the USA is a republic not a democracy - but that's a totally different topic of conversation as it seems to want to be both!