Who’s Afraid of Democracy?

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In one of my previous posts, I discussed one case where going with a minority opinion is still considered democratic:

“A large group of friends wants to go out to dinner together.  40% say they don’t care where they go. 40% feel like Italian food. 20% want Chinese food.

Italian it is.”

via Fracking: Let the People Decide Already

However, in the above example, 40% specifically said that they don’t care and will defer to the people that do.

This is not the scenario for the recent British elections where the majority of voters did NOT want David Cameron and the Tories to win and specifically stated this as the case:

Article: Cam again

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Results of latest British election

Tony Blair’s last great election victory, in 2005, was achieved with only 35% of the popular vote.

via How British elections work

It doesn’t really make sense for the Prime Minister of a country to represent a minority of the people rather than a majority of the people.  This would mean the actions of the leader of the country could almost always be out of line with what the majority of the public truly wants.

Proportional representation would make a lot more sense.

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What general elections would have looked like under proportional representation

via Square pegs, round hole

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Direct Democracy

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Elitists are terrified of direct democracy and want to pretend the public has no idea what is good for themselves.  Men like Friedrich Nietzsche characterized what he perceived to be slave and master mentality and clearly had a very sinister “master” mentality himself.

Again, people know what’s good for themselves overall.  If they make a mistake, then they suffer and learn their lesson.  Looking at the world right now, it’s obvious people who call for elitism have absolutely no idea what they are doing and never have.

If some people do not care one way or another about a particular issue, all they have to do is indicate that somehow and those who do care can decide.  However, minorities cannot just assume others do not care.  Such things must be formally indicated.

If people don’t feel they understand an issue, they can always do research, ask somebody they trust, etc.  A healthy, educated, and well informed public should be able to make correct decisions for themselves.  People who think they are SO much brighter than everybody else just need to find a way to explain their thoughts/plans/ideas to the public.