The Fallacy of Representative Democracy

Representative democracy makes people politically subject to the decisions made by those political representatives that they have elected to represent them. Because representative democracies are still based on a hierarchical structure, the political results are always the same and they are to disempower the people and to empower those and their friends that politically represent them.

Actually political representatives don’t really represent their constituency’s individual interests, instead they politically centralize their constituencies’ individual political power through themselves as their political representatives. These elected political representatives then become society’s political powerbrokers whose main function becomes to maintain themselves in power even if that is at the expense of the constituency that elected them to power.

Democracy presents itself as a political process that begins with political representation. But political representation’s true function is to filter their constituency’s political power through themselves. Political representation marginalizes people’s political power by adsorbing it within itself. This results in transferring the political power of the people to their political representatives, which results in democratically limiting the peoples’ power.

By filtering their constituency’s personal political power through the political representation process, democracies are able to both disempower their people politically and politically empower their political representatives at the same time. This process allows political representatives to concentrate their constituencies’ collective political power into their own hands with their political approval. This political approval has allowed democratic governments to claim political legitimacy and sovereignty over their people as their political representatives.

Representative democracy is sold as a means for the people to have political representation within government, however, what it actually does is to create a political aristocracy in which political representatives, because they were elected, feel that they have the right to act in the name of the people that elected them whether they like it or not. This they believe gives them the right to dictate the course of action that their people will have to take.

Within the democratic state, the people’s political representative needs no further permission to act in their constituencies’ name. These politically empowered representatives are allowed to make all of their political constituencies’ decisions for them without their direct and personal participation or even prior approval, but for which the people will be held ultimately responsible. This gives political representatives the authority to act with impunity and to do as they please in the people’s name.

To get elected all that these political representatives have to do is to promise their voters whatever they want to hear regardless of whether they can deliver on their promises or not. This not only encourages political dishonesty, but it actually promotes it. The result is that instead of feeling empowered by their democratic political systems, people generally feel themselves politically disenfranchised by them. Democracy is the further disempowerment of the people but this time through democratic means. (Within my system of Cosmopoly this would not be the case.)


One Response to “The Fallacy of Representative Democracy”
  1. Marina Sek says:

    People will always need to have someone appointed to represent them in some form or another. Who will represent them in Congress? Who will lobby for their interests? It is unrealistic, and unpractical, to think that an entire district or state can be present at all places at all times. Eventually, someone would need to be appointed as that group’s representative. The problem with reprsentative Democracy is not that representatives are needed in the first place, but rather who those reprsentatives are. This means that it is up to the voters to make well informed and careful choices about who they put in office.

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