Is Representative Democracy A Political Monopoly?

As a hierarchical system, democracy is a political monopoly, only this time of a democratic type, which is a softer and gentler version of political disenfranchisement.  Democracy, while it is said to be the best of all of our historic political systems, is still based on a hierarchical structure that limits the political participation of the people within it.

Through political representation, democracy concedes the political power of the people to their political representatives who then dominate the state in the name of its people. Democracy still results in the few at the top of society existing at the expense of the many on the bottom.

Therefore, while representational democracy is a noble idea, it is really only the latest form of political monopoly designed to funnel the social power of the people to those at the top, only this time democratically. Representative democracy is not inclusive and is, therefore, an exclusive form of democracy.

Because democracy is also a political institution of the nation state, it tries to limit participation within it to only those that it considers acceptable.  My system of Cosmopoly on the other hand would prevent political monopolies from forming.


3 Responses to “Is Representative Democracy A Political Monopoly?”
  1. Representational democracy seems to live up to what you said. It is true that the governement is ran mainly by those who are on top. The people have a voice but their voice seems to have little effect. If a person has a problem. They have to either form a respectful formal complaint to the higher form of government to get their problem solved. Most likey, their problem would not even get solved; the government will either keep on saying, we’re taking it under consideration or the formal complaint is being discussed. Therefore, it seems like the people have a very small voice in the government. It’s mostly ran by the so called “Big Dogs.” The people in charge and the higher they are, the more power they have; yet most of them ever do little to solve the major problems of the society.

  2. Maya Berko says:

    While democracy is not perfect, now more than ever people are fighting for the right to be heard, and in exchange the government has begun to fight FOR their rights rather than against them. The wealthy are still in power but that is a pattern that no governor could possibly fix in one term, maybe in six. Democracy m,ight not be perfect but its the closest thing we’ve got to a representative democracy as of now, and until that day comes, we will have to force this democracy to work with us.

  3. Brittiney Harde says:

    I disagree with the statement above because there are multiple political parties that all have separate interests. Since each of these parties have a stake in different aspects of the government and their voters, they are forced to represent the people that elect them. The founding fathers were aware that this could lead to corruption, so they put “checks and balances” on how much influence any particular member of the government had; in this case, the ability for the represented to get rid of officials who abuse their power.
    Our democracy, being a republic, is more efficient because the people of our country can devote their time and make decisions, without being full-time politicians,yet still make a difference.
    While I do agree with the fact that our current system lends itself to a form of hierarchy, I do not feel that it is necessarily a bad thing.

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