The Limits of Democracy

By turning people into political factions, democracy forces people to agree with the rule of the majority even if it is against their own interests. This forces a collective compliance upon people without any form of compensation. This disempowers a whole group of people and essentially makes them democratic losers instead of democratic co-participants.

This collective compliance is also used to disempower the individual person by submerging him or her within larger identities that they would be made members of. This is done by forcing each person to define themselves as a member of the particular group that they have been identified with. These identity based groups would be politically represented by the elected representatives that represented them.

These democratic governments then collectively speak for all those that have been identified as their own, whether they wish it or not. This marginalizes the individual within a representative group’s political identity, which is one of the functions of democracy. This form of forced political sub-division has historically been the basis of all forms of human hierarchical organization. It has always resulted in developing disempowered societies that have misused the people’s good intentions and personal sacrifices.

Elected representative democracy is questionable at best.   True democracy is not simply the act of voting, it is the act of voting conducted between political equals. It is about coming to an acceptable conclusion that is agreed upon by all parties.

A democracy among people that are unequal is a contradiction in terms. Political inequality can never come to a natural consciousness because a conscience between unequal members is always an imposed conscience determined by the most influential of the group upon the others. For the less influential members of the group, elected representative democracy is only another way of disempowering them by forcing their compliance through the political process that makes them conform to the rules set by the more influential and powerful. This is because elected democracy does not work for the powerless, it really only works for the powerful.

Elected democracy actually limits the power of the minority by not allowing them to effectively participate in the decision-making process that ultimately affects their lives. So instead of empowering the individual, elected democracy actually disempowers any independent opinions and prevents them from developing. The elected democratic process politically marginalizes the individual person within a forest of collective decision making that submerges a person’s concerns in a sea of collective political marginalization.

This elected democratic disempowerment structure actually gives the average person the feeling that there is no reason to actively participate within the democratic process because it always turns out the same, which is in the interests of those in power and against the interests of those who are not. Within elected democracy, the interests of the political minority are only pursued when they are no longer minority interests and become majority interests instead.

Within elected democracy, the minority interest must become the interest of the majority before they are effectively dealt with.  Therefore, within elected democracy the individual will always be trumped by the will of the group they are associated with.  When elected democracy becomes the means that the majority uses to dictate its condition to the minority, it becomes tyranny. This is especially the case when it is directed towards the individual thinking person within society who is after all the ultimate minority within any society. (Within my system of Cosmopoly this would NOT be the case.  Click on Cosmopoly and find out more.)

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2 Responses to “The Limits of Democracy”
  1. Osama Shahzad says:

    I agree completely. Many times we forget that the minorities voice is being ignored. I think in our society today we give more importance to what is beneficial for us as individuals rather than the collective image. And by “us” I mean people in a position of power. Now, I may not be in a position of power but I care more about what may benefit me rather than the homeless guy that hangs around the neighborhood Burger King. That being said, even our democratic decisions as a country tend to veer toward corporate benefit rather than what may be beneficial for the average Joe. To sum up in a single word: Capitalism. And as a wise man (rapper) once said: “So while the government, talk about a mission to Mars, They leave the hood, stuck in a position to starve, Capitalism’s a religion that makes Satan a god, And teaches self-righteous people to embrace a facade.” -Immortal Technique

  2. Lester Telon says:

    “By turning people into political factions, democracy forces people to agree with the rule of the majority even if it is against their own interests. This forces a collective compliance upon people without any form of compensation”

    Moderates and centrists are a dying breed. Both bucked their party at times (much to the chagrin of party idealists), but were not rewarded for their individual streak. People like Jim Demint endorsed extreme conservatives who listened only to the far right over candidates that would be willing to work across the aisle like Mike Castle, all in the name of “getting America back” (I never noticed America left, but hey). The rare moderate Republican has all but become extinct, only because the majority of Repubs have geared toward the far right. Anyone who does not agree with the majority isn’t allowed in the cool kids club. The same could be said with Dems, but to a lesser extent at the moment. A voter now is forced to choose between the opposite ends of the political spectrum because the middle has become a mine field.

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