Sunday, April 26, 2009

On the Flaw in the Democratic Process

Put in its simplest form, democracy means that the majority gets to choose who leads everyone. In principle, this is a brilliant idea. Most people get what they want, and so they should theoretically be happy. The one assumption that gets made here is that everybody knows what they want, and that getting what they want is all that is needed to make them happy.

The flaw is that democracy means that the political fate of everyone is in the hands of the majority. If the majority knows anything about politics, then why is politics taught only at universities, and not in primary schools?
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