I do have some view on democracy!
I don’t like democracy.
But I reckon it is probably the best way of governing. It certainly beats being ruled by a hereditary King, President or any other kind of supreme leader with all the tyranny, corruption and nepotism that usually goes with that – the hierarchy and social division. It beats party rule by undemocratic political parties and it beats the hell of the tyranny of theocracies.
So, even though I don’t like it I’ll settle, reluctantly, for democracy.
I used to favour direct democracy, rather than representative democracy, but recent events with Brexit and the division of the country into two hate-filled warring tribes, coupled with previous US referendums that I was privy to when living in California, where the population voted not to pay as much tax (and thus ended up with shoddy education and public services), has led me to favour representative democracy.
It is incredibly unPC to say but I do not think that the majority of the population are intelligent enough to deal with complex issues. 50% of the population have an IQ below 100. Some of the issues are incredibly complex and require extremely deep thinking and understanding. I have listened to some of the reasoning for voting for or against in Brexit and was not at all impressed by the level of understanding or reasoning on either side. This issues need thinking through with a high level of intelligence. It is beyond most people.
Secondly, the access to unbiased information is extremely suspect. Most of the media has bias and the propaganda sites on the web are busy feeding peoples prejudices.
I have therefore moved more towards the representative democracy that we have in both the UK and USA. We elect intelligent representatives who have the time and reasoning power to deal with complex issues. We vote for people who represent our political views.
Of course, this is far from perfect. Where do you find any representative that fully represents your own views? How can we tell who to vote for when the candidates lie in order to get elected, there is widespread corruption and the media, who have vested interests, misrepresents the information?
It seems to me that the whole system is flawed and desperately needs improving, but even so, it is the best I can think of.
I think Democracy requires a lot of work to make it work.