33. What’s beyond democracy? (proposed — Soon) discussed on 13 July 2013
Is there any alternative government structure better than democracy? What’s beyond democracy? Is it important to have everyone’s voice being heard or is it the majority opinion that counts? Does the whole voting system represent a nation? What if voting is not compulsory in Australia?
5 thoughts on “33. What’s beyond democracy? (proposed — Soon) discussed on 13 July 2013”
I have prepared a discussion paper (about 10 pages), including a short bibliography, titled THE DEMOCRACY PROBLEM. It contains plenty to challenge and argue with. The location is http://thormay.net/unwiseideas/TheDemocracyProblem.htm — Thor
The Deep State — is this the future, or already the present? See: John Tirman, “The Quiet Coup: No, Not Egypt. Here.” at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-tirman/nsa-deep-state_b_3569316.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=World
Now (2013) we are all aware of Ed Snowden and the Prism program. Australia, btw, is a partner in that deal. That means you. However, the information has been around for quite a while. Here is an article from June 2012 on exactly the rapid loss of real democracy to the Deep State: Tom Burghardt, ““FINAL CURTAIN CALL” IN AMERICA? DEEP POLICE STATE SURVEILLANCE AND THE DEATH OF DEMOCRACY” at http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=30079
Worrying? — “Women know less about politics than men” — see http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/women-know-less-about-politics-than-men-20130703-2pazv.html
Comment from Naomi via the Meetup website (http://www.meetup.com/Gentle-Thinkers/events/127070812/comments/211587892/?itemTypeToken=COMMENT&a=uc1_rd&read=1&_af_eid=127070812&_af=event )
I think it’s important to define what we mean by democracy’ — rule of the people in its essence, yes. But think of the different kinds of societies that have been called democracies. Ancient Rome, for instance, was also a slave-owning society and many people, such as women, were excluded from the democratic process. Do people think Australia has a good level of democracy? I think there is an argument to be made that our current government structure does not truly resemble a democracy — a rule of the people. I would argue that the two-party parliamentary system does not guarantee a high level of democracy for all citizens. But I’m an idealist and like to imagine a better world.
What do you think about this? — “Minority of young Australians prefer democracy” — http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/24/minority-young-australians-prefer-democracy