Disadvantages Of Democracy In Democracy

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The demand against a corrupt, abusive and autocratic government, but for a rule-based democracy has led Ukrainian protesters to overturn the politics of their nation. The first step toward a free, stable and pluralistic Libya which started with the right to vote for the first time since 1965 made Libyans celebrate in the hope for a more free, stable and pluralistic system. South Africa 's successful struggle for freedom and democracy is one of the most dramatic stories of our time. Whilst, throughout most of history the majority of countries and individuals have been subject to non-democratic rulers and systems, it has often been seen as the most desirable form of governance.

In fact, there are many advantages to this form of governance, some
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As a result, “no substantial famine has ever occurred in any independent country with a democratic form of government and a relatively free press.” (Amartya Sen) Yet, the mere fact of responding to the expression of needs of the voters brings also severe disadvantages with it. As Plato has already been concerned: citizens would “live from day to day, indulging the pleasure of the moment.” In fact, it has become preeminent that democratic governments run profound structural deficits, in order to satisfy voters in the short-term and get re-elected – but in turn neglect long-term investment. France and Italy have not balanced their budgets for more than 30 years and the financial crisis has highlighted more than anything the unsustainability of this debt-financed…show more content…
Dahl’s argument with democracies maximizing the opportunity for exercising moral responsibility seems to be flawed here. As it is based on enlightened understanding which includes equal and effective opportunities for learning about the relevant alternative policies and their likely consequences - it may only be an ideal. In fact, Plato has argued that democracy is inferior to other political systems because democracy tends to undermine the expertise necessary to properly govern societies. In addition, in line with Hobbesian criticisms, “a majority of citizens today are not informed about politics and are often apathetic, giving room for special interests to control the behavior of politicians and use the state for their own limited purposes while spreading the costs to everyone
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