Do you think we would like living in a true democracy?

March 19, 2007 4:57am CST
To me democracy means that the people decide on all the issues that come up in the country. So we would be voting every day on issues that come up in parliament. So instead of voting in a representative who makes all of our choices for us, we would do it ourselves. What do people think about this idea?
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@marlyse (1056)
• Switzerland
20 Mar 07
i live in a country (switzerland) with this democracy. but voting every day for what goes on in the parliament means there are nomore working people. here we have the system with 2 representants from every state, thats the little chamber. then we have the big chamber with the representatives from every state, it depends how much population they have. these are all voted in representatives from the population of switzerland. and if we are not ok what they decide, we can protest and need a certain amount of votes, to get the issue solved with the votes from the whole population of switzerland. to explain you the whole system, it wold be a very long post lol, so i hope you understand what i mean here.
@marlyse (1056)
• Switzerland
20 Mar 07
i think thats a good system here
@marlyse (1056)
• Switzerland
22 Mar 07
yes we have. if we dont agree to a decision, we need a circulation of a petition (we need 50'000) then it goes out for the votes directly from the population. plus they are only allowed to spend a certain amount for direct intentions. if the amount is higher, it goes out for the vote too. and this system works for the country, for the states, for the ciuties and communities. the same its with the chambers. hmmmmm we have lots of poor people here, some riches too, but i think its good to live here.
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@friendship (2085)
• Canada
20 Mar 07
I believe people should vote their own representative in Parliament (=democracy system) but I don't think we should vote every day on issues that come up in Parliament. Otherwise, we won't be able to do things in our daily life.
@aznj50 (84)
• United States
19 Mar 07
what is a democracy? The government keeps the rich rich and the poor poor. What is there to like? its capitalistic government.
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19 Mar 07
What would you suggest as an alternative then?
@tushar87 (52)
• India
20 Mar 07
yes i think india is slowly coming on the right track
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19 Mar 07
I think that its a really nice idea in theory, but in practice it would never work. As well as the actual coordination of it the vast majority no absolutely nothing about the issues that we would need to be decided upon. Also many people do not vote, and are unlikely to under the kind of system you suggest, so it still wouldn't be representative anyway. Although there are admitted huge problems with the way that the country is run I really don't think that the public would do a better job of it.
@MySpot (2602)
• United States
19 Mar 07
I've always thought so but then again I wish we were still bartering and trading too... it would cut out the middle man and everyone would have what they needed either by trading services or goods.
@bluewings (3857)
19 Mar 07
I have thought about this in the past.Yes, true democracy will involve greater participation from the citizens and lesser from the representatives ,,which should be a good thing,but we would still need them.If this voting could be electronic and done on a weekly basis,then I don't think too many people would mind it if they are provided computers by the government.I would love to be able to have a say in my and my nation's present and future.Of course everything can't be revealed to public,like intelligence inputs and issues concerning national security.So, we would still need the elites to act on those.It might not be a total democracy per se ,but it could be very close to being a true democracy.
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@yanjiaren (9050)
19 Mar 07
It would be better than the oligarchy we have today. I don't hink there can be true democracy with the gdp of most nations is being grossly mishandled and unfairly distributed. When they get the gap between the haves and the have nots lessened they they can all waffle on about democracy. Your idea is far more appealing than the crappy systems we have in place at the moment. I will second your motion lol.
@teison2 (5924)
• Norway
19 Mar 07
I would very much like to live in a true democracy. I think it is possible to organize society like this, but it takes a lot of work. I also believe it would have to be a quite small community for it to work well. Today people to not even bother to vote once every two years. The reson most people give for not voting is that their vote does not really matter. I believe people would engage in important topics once they saw that they have real influence.
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