If you could tweak one thing about democracy in general, what would it be?
In the US I would change the Constitution to eliminate money from the influence it has.
The quest for power over others is a greater motivation than money.
Whimsical and unsubstantiated statements as you made serve no purpose.
Absolutely--cut out the Billionaries' Boy's Club from controlling the elections.
How does one tweak mob rule, as that is the essence of democracy. All mobs have leaders and all leaders are self motivated to their own end. Democracy is not freedom, as so many today tend to believe. When the majority are controlled by a dependence on a government, the minority are left without a vote that has no value.
The history of democracies, to maintain any type of freedom, is dismal. From the Greeks to Adolph Hitler to the US democracies and democratically elected politicians tend to become elitists and dictatorial. 'As is said of democracies, "When the people realize that they can vote themselves money, the Republic will end." and when the politician realizes that he can buy the vote with the peoples money the result is the same.
If a democracy is desired a definition of freedom must come first. Is there a freedom to achieve individually or is that freedom based on a definition of a collective? Are all equal under the law or are all equal to achievement where no one achieves more then the other? Do we speak to an economic system based on free enterprise capitalism or one based on socialism? If socialism then, democracy, most certainly, has no value. If the other, something called The Bill of Rights must be in place and if freedom is to be maintained the tweaking must be on the side of a commitment to Individual Freedom.
If I could tweak democracy I would just turn it into a republic. In a republic the government listens to the voice of the people, but makes laws according to the constitution. That's better that just pure democracy which is just mob rule.
I agree. That's why we make the Government take an oath to uphold the constitution. If they don't, they're a liar and should be voted out. It's an easy way to separate liars from honest people.
Let us not forget the USSR, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, A republic based upon totalitarian rule. It is The Bill of Rights that make the difference and a balance of power, three branches of government.
Equal elections. There are a lot of things I would change, like getting money out of politics and imposing term limits on congressmen, but most of that stems from unequal elections. Too much money goes into mud slinging and gerrymandering. If elections were restricted to equal ad space, debates and rallies, I think we would be a lot better off.
I would tweak the democratic process locally and have more power taken from central government which tends towards massive bureaucracy and too many corporate fingers in the pie. Local accountability both from voters and their representatives.
Constitutional Democracy is a great equalizer. It gives the poor and the weak the same voice as the rich and the powerful. Sadly, democracy is being dismantled in order to concentrate more wealth and power in the hands of those who are already wealthy and powerful.
prosecute those who breach the spending limits and lower the limits considerably to give independents a chance to get in rather than current political parties. Remind parliamentarians forcibly that their first duty is to represent their constituencies not their parties.
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