"First is the oppression implicit in the much vaunted principle of majority rule. The tyranny of the majority is even more pronounced when the minority in question repudiates not just the majority's opinion, but the social contract as such. The failure of the democrats to adequately resolve this predicament is considered a significant flaw in democracy."
"Second is the tendency of democratic systems to be dominated by the will of the majority. The existence of certain social, economic, political and religious elites in society often culminates in the manipulation of the system. The vast capabilities at the disposal of this majority, either by buying votes or distorting public opinion, thereby negating the very purpose of democracy."
"Third is the defectiveness and injustice of a system that only claims to represent the current generation of the voting age and completely disregards the rights and interests of those who are currently under age and of future generations. In the first place, the present population cannot designate itself as the representative of future generations without their consent. In the second place, it cannot assume the future generations can later change law to their advantage simply by constituting a majority, when the damage inflicted by many of these laws is irrevocable. The very weakness of democracy lies in its investiture of sovereignty in the 'people', whose 'ignorant' and 'capricious' nature hinders their ability to know where their true interests lie, let alone the interests of future generations."In my opinion, no government system is perfect, but democracy is the closest thing we have. People that hold utopian views of any government system, whether it be democratic, Islamic, communist or a dictatorship are not being realistic and are cheating themselves by thinking that any system can be perfect.
The being said, it never hurts to discuss ways to improve on the system we have in Canada, so would anyone like to comment on these supposed weaknesses of democracy? Or perhaps you might have a suggestion on how to strengthen democracy as we know it here in the western world, if in fact you think that Saad-Ghorayeb has made a valid point or two. Please discuss.
crossposted to The Shotgun