The Illusion of Democracy

Elected democracy is only democratic in concept because it is based on the strange idea of forming a conscience from different points of view, which is admirable but unrealistic at best and politically unattainable at worse. The fact that democracy is an admirable idea gives us the unrealistic feeling that we are all transcending our personal and social differences and politically becoming one. In reality democracy is the domination of one group over one or more other groups. Elected democracy is a winner-take-all system and like all winner-take-all systems, it centralizes political power in the hands of the few that represent the majority, it does not distribute it to the minority.

Our current elected democratic government structures that were supposedly designed to assist the people have now come to dominate the people instead. Within our liberal democratic societies we the people are only politically allowed to choose from the alternatives that have been provided to us by those in power. The people have allowed their government institutions to dictate to them just what their political agenda should be instead of them carrying out the agenda of the people, which has resulted in the governmental tail wagging the public dog.

With the way our current democratic political infrastructures are designed, the people have no way of directly determining what will be politically made or done in their name which limits popular participation to only what the system allows.  Shouldn’t democracy be the result of direct political participation, so that the people request particular types of public goods and services and the institutions of society are supposed to respond to their requests? Instead the only way the people are allowed to participate within a democratic society are as it’s consumers both politically and otherwise.

Democracy is really an indirect participation process where the people are only allowed to ratify what has been provided to them by politicians who believe that they know better than the people themselves what their needs are.  This holds true for all political, social and economic institutions within democracy. Democracy like Capitalism allows us to select from a menu of prefabricated political candidates that presuppose they know what we the people should have which is always limited to what they make available to us.

Liberal democracy is an ideological illusion that creates a fundamentally false impression based on the notion that political representation could realistically act as a real voice that could politically empower all of the people. Representational democracy is fundamentally a lie, and that lie is that elected political representation is based on political inclusion when in reality it actually leads to political marginalization. Therefore, the failure of the democratic process is an indictment of the hypocrisy of democratic inclusion, when in reality all it is is an act designed for politically disempowering the voters instead of politically empowering them. (Within my system of Cosmopoly this would not be the case. Click on Cosmopoly and find out more.)

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5 Responses to “The Illusion of Democracy”
  1. Art 101: JDelijani says:

    I agree, the United States takes pride in being a “democratic nation”, however it seems to be more of just a democratic facade. This reminds me of the rule of Augustus; he makes the Roman Empire seem like a republic, when in reality he, the higher power, controls the empire. We are taught that it is the power of the people, but the only real power we obtain is given to us by the higher power, which doesn’t truly make this system a democracy. However, I don’t put all the blame on the government; the people of this nation are just as much to blame. Now and days, people don’t bother to pay any attention to politics or the law, they don’t exercise their rights, and they don’t fight for certain freedoms that we have the right to fight for. Higher powers have hidden power over us, but that’s only because we let them.

  2. Peter Lüder says:

    Ist Demokratie wirklich nur eine Illusion? Auch wenn zur Zeit alles dafür spricht, meine ich, im Grunde genommen ist sie es nicht. Ein großer Teil unserer politischen Eliten aber tun alles Mögliche, mit ihrer kontraproduktiven Politik, damit die Menschen demokratie als illusion ansehen. ein weiterer Punkt sind die jeweiligen Wahlverfahren in den jeweiligen Ländern.
    In den 60 er Jahren glaubten viele Menschen, dass die USA eine Demokratie seien. Und das, obwohl dort zu diesem Zeitpunkt noch eine Politik der ” Rassentrennung ” betrieben wurde. Auch die Schweiz schmückt sich schon über hundert Jahre mit dem Wort ” demokratisch” , obwohl aber noch bis 1971 Frauen das volle Stimmrecht vorenthalten wurde. Und schließlich nannten sich auch viele der ehemals sozialistischen Staaten “volksdemokratien”. Auch heute bezeichnen sich viele Länder als ” Demokratien”, obwohl sie meilenweit davon entfernt sind, denn:
    ” Demokratie – Herrschaft des Volkes – so lautet die schlichte Übersetzung des Wortes. Aber schon bei der Frage, wie diese ” Herrschaft ” konkret aussehen soll, scheiden sich die Geister”.
    Was ist nun Herrschaft des Volkes?
    Abraham Lincoln, bei weitem kein Kommunist, sondern US – Präsident sagte 1863 schon etwas deutlicher: ” In einer Demokratie geht die Herrschaft aus dem Volk hervor und werde durch das Volk und in seinem Interesse ausgeübt “.
    Demokratie zeigt sich nicht nur daran, mit welchen Regeln Regierungen zustande kommen und wie weit politische und soziale Gleichheit und Freiheit verwirklicht sind, sondern auch in wessen Interesse Herrschaft wahr genommen wird.
    Demokratie schafft die Grundlage für eine Vielfalt moderner politischer Ordnungen, deren gemeinsames Kennzeichen die Souveränität des Volkes und die Beschränkung politischer Herrschaft ist.
    Unsere, in Deutschland und vielen anderen westeuropäischen Ländern repräsentative, parlamentarische Demoratie ( dass heißt, das nach den Wahlen die Regierung und die Parlamentarier in eigener Verantwortung über den politischen Alltag entscheiden- das eigentliche Volk ist in diesem Fall nicht mehr gefragt) ist weder das letzte Wort des Grundgesetzes( zur Zeit gültige Verfassung in Deutschland ) noch der ( Demokratie- ) Geschichte. Sie ist zu verbessern durch Einführung von Elementen der direkten Demokratie und der besseren Kontrollmöglichkeit.
    Demokratie darf sich nicht nur in Wahlen erschöpfen. Volksabstimmungen durch die Einführung der Volksgesetzgebung ( Artikel 20 Abs. 2 Grundgesetz in Deutschland ) sind möglich und erforderlich. Diese Notwendigkeit trifft auch für die vielen anderen Länder zu.
    Andererseits, Demokratie ist kein ” fertiger ” Zustand. Demokratie muß Tag für Tag von den Bürgern gelebt werden, auf allen Ebenen und in allen Bereichen- europäische,internationale wie kommunale Ebene bis hin zur Wirtschaft. Die Menschen müssen Tag für Tag für eine bessere und wahre Form der Demokratie kämpfen und leben, denn von allein werden die zur Zeit Regierenden nicht von ihrer Version der Demokratie abrücken. Eine direkte Beeinflussung der Politik durch die Bürger muß deshalb erweitert und gewährleistet werden.
    So sollte eine umfassende Demokratisierung aller Bereiche erfolgen ( wie z.B.)
    – Einführung von Volksinitiativen und – begehren
    – Reformierung der öffentlichen Verwaltung
    – Ausbau demokratischer Strukturen in Wirtschaft und Arbeitstwelt.
    – öffentliche Auseinandersetzung und Verantwortlichkeit für große Vorhaben und Maßnahmen.
    – Ausweitung des Petitionsrechts. Ergänzung von Bürgerbeteiligungsverfahren ( z.B. runde Tische, Bürgergutachten sowie Bürgerforen.
    – transparente Strukturen der Medien und Kontrolle der Arbeit von Lobbygruppen.

  3. Art 101: B Lincoln says:

    I agree with the fact that our nation is under a “democratic illusion,” but the real truth is that our nation is too large to not be under one sole centralized power. This perfect democratic ideal may have seemed more logical at the time of the beginning of our nation in which, our country wasn’t very large. As the amount of people increase, there has to be a need for unification under one rule. If this country were to be completely democratic in which the people’s opinions were accounted for almost immediately, then decisions would be vetoed and nothing would have been accomplished. Even the ancient Greek civilization of Athens which was famed for its almost ideal democracy had a single person with absolute power. This all arises from the fact that most humans aren’t accustomed to making decisions for others around them. If this were the case, there would be no need to have any form of government due to everyone completely understanding and helping each other. However, since this isn’t the case, people see the chance to raise themselves up into power using the false disguise of being a solution to the people’s calamities. In this the democratic system is flawed, in that anyone with power or the cunning to strive for power, can be in charge of the entire well-being of a nation. If any solution exists, I believe it is the people’s right to vote for a true representative which should come from the people and not from the elite power-holding class.

  4. Dianna Nomanim says:

    First you would have to define democracy. Democracy is “government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system” (Dictionary.com). In the United States of America, some of the governmental officials are only looking for power and money. They are not doing anything for the people of our country, which is very disappointing because we are currently in so much debt, only because our government is corrupted. This is not right and has to be changed.

  5. jny h. says:

    Democracy as i know it seems like an illusion. We have representatives that the people vote for to help us get ahead, but once in office those representatives are controlled by big business to carry out their agenda to keep control and power where it belongs, in the hands of those who have it. The only thing we the people have control over is what version of the same lie we want to believe we are choosing.

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