Whoever said that democracy was the fairest way to rule a country i think has been proven wrong again and again and again so many times over that we really need re-look at the whole concept of it and see if we really have stumbled upon the best base for governance known by man.
First of all, look at all the corruption and failures that stem from democratic states. Look at all the people killed under the guises of various little conflicts here and there. Holocausts attract the most attention while other deaths that occur in the mere thousands go un-avenged.
America just got a little more lenient on Cuba. They lifted a few travel restrictions and allowed Cuban – Americans to send more money home. This was opposed by two Cuban American Senators who later ‘changed their votes after receiving assurances from the Obama administration that the changes did not amount to a major reversal of the 47-year-old US trade embargo on Cuba.’ According to the BBC report
President Obama who is in support of the bill has however said ‘that like previous American presidents, he will only consider a full lifting of the embargo once Cuba’s communist government makes significant moves such as the holding (of) democratic elections.’
I mean isn’t that just characteristic of the United States trying impose is beliefs and influence across the world? Cuba seems to have worked fine as a country so far. And the fact that they are not ‘democratic’ per se does not seem to have affected the quality of life in Cuba in a detrimental way.
As a matter of fact, the Cuban people as a whole are probably made much better off as a result of the Revolution and equality seems to have improved a great deal.
Anyway, democracy as we know it today is but a mere illusion. People think they have the ‘right’ and ‘power’ to vote in any one of their choice but what they do not realize is that that ‘choice’ is severely restricted and manipulated by huge infrastructures like party systems, rules and regulations for running for office, massive barriers to entry that prevent anyone from running for office etc.
For e.g. even over here in SL. you can’t really run for office unless you have some sort of power/influence etc. So an ordinary Joe or Siripala who wants to be heard and is genuinely convinced that he can help the country and make life better for people will never rise to power because the very people whose help he needs to even dream of an influential position in government will have conflicting interests to him and will want to preserve the status quo (which he may want to rearrange.)
So democracy is an illusion, it is just oppression with another name. And in this day and age, democracy does not really have to be what it is..We can use technology in so many other ways to make it better, if only a bit of interest was shown by those in power. But since obviously that will mean a push towards the decentralization of that same power, they obviously wouldn’t do it. But more on that later.