Away with democracy. How to create a peaceful alternative
How to create a peaceful alternative to democracy
I always felt that if George Washington were to visit us in this present day, he would probably be appalled to see that we live with the same democratic system that he and his comrades set up two hundred and thirty some years ago.
Democracy, branded as the best system to live in (and it's certainly more pleasant than a bloody dictatorship), presents nonetheless a major and fundamental flaw in our quest for peace and well-being: It's a confrontation; A clash of ideas or values. A vote takes place to see who wins and in the best of cases, a majority wins, which, unfortunately, means that a minority loses. When it's a 51/49 decision, it means a lot of losers. Add politicians to the mix and the concept of majority fiddles away through primaries and nominations, so much diluting the people's choice that most elected heads of state of any existing democracy get a mere 20 percent real support, at best.
So, if it is peace and well being for all that we are aiming for, doesn't it make sense to devise a system where everyone can win instead of just some? Are we not intelligent enough for this? I believe we are and we can surely set the goal of getting a consensus amongst ourselves instead of a measly majority, creating a system of cooperation rather than opposition.
Getting a consensus? To many, this might mean being unrealistic, So, I would like to remind them that reality is precisely what we realize and that we realized democracy, which was unrealistic before we did. Setting an unrealistic goal was in fact what Washington and the lot did when they seceded from England, given the might of the mother country and the armament of the colonists, added to the fact that in case of failure they would be executed
Let's do away with democracy by setting the bar higher to reach unanimity, a nice unrealistic goal that we, and George, can be proud of.
Of course, I'm not advocating an instant transformation, I understand there’s a need to take steps in order to reach this friendly utopia and I’m well aware that not all the answers are here now. But confident that they will come along the way, I do believe that we can take the first fundamental step of declaring our intention: to replace democracy by building a system of cooperation.
Then we can take another step in this direction by eliminating the middleman, in this case, the politicians, by voting directly for the issues using our communication technology. Like Big Brother, but for real. This would eliminate a lot of corruption and surely improve our budget, making it easier to accommodate more of our needs.
To view the forefathers of the American nation as a group of individuals who thought they could write (pretty much overnight) a constitution meant to last forever is taking them for some very arrogant madmen. Surely, in their wisdom, these people hoped that as times change, the principles they laid out would be improved upon by the following generations. So, in seeing that so many years after, in a totally different society, the principles have not evolved and that in fact less than thirty amendments have been made to their original opus, would likely cause them a shock. I can just imagine George shaking his head in disbelief.
There certainly will be glitches at first, but like everything else we'll learn to improve things as we go along and who knows, we might just realize that the good of one is really the good of all...