So now (almost) everybody thinks that democracy is an ideal form of government. But what makes democracy so special?
According to Hajir, history has not recorded a more reasonable way to govern the people. Of course, hearing this from a pro-democracy advocate is not a surprise. You would hear similar things from a communist or an Islamist about their favorite governments. However, all of them would agree that lessons of history are there to be improved upon, and not to stick to (although they may not agree on what those lessons are). So can we improve upon the democtratic experience, without simply copying it?
One may argue that democracy is the most stable form of government. This is sensible as the majority has a legitimate way of enforcing their demands which reduces the chances of violent dissidence. It also has a natural (but not necessarily optimum) way of correcting itself through periodic elections, which can keep the system away from the verge of instability. However, we all know lots of democracies that have ended in chaos or dictatorships (Starting with Greek democracy, up to Hitler's election and on). So, it appears that democracy does not guarantee stability, although it certainly helps it.
We often say that in a democracy people can vote for what they want. However, the fact is:
In a democracy, people may vote for who they want, but (most of the time) not for what they want.
This is my central point.
I may know that I want to feed my children well, but I don't know if Mr. X is more qualified to make it possible or Mr. Y. Of course a more educated person is more qualified to make the distinction. However, in every society, most of the people are more influenced by the propaganda, than by their educated wisdom.
You may say that if you are not satisfied with your candidate, you can vote him out at the next election. Well, next time you will have the same dilemma between Mr. Y and Mr. Z.
Here is my idea:
May be our governments should work based on referendums, rather than elections.
May be all our officials should be elected/ promoted based on their performance, rather than their popularity.