The Politics Of Democracy Essay

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A perfect government, as history has shown us, is next to impossible. While the degree of histories’ many governments is quantifiable, none can be defined as perfect. Whether it’s the size of the state, complexity of the time and issues, the rulers, the people, or unforeseeable matter-whatever it is-the human race has yet to find a perfect form of government. Consequently, while approaching this issue, the question is not which group is “right”? Rather which system more benevolently serves the people, since “democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people”. Despite participatory democracy being the most democratic of the two systems of government, representative democracy feasibility and efficiency, makes it the most formidable for Mars.
Participatory democracy, in its true form, is dismissed simply for its practicality of use. With a population of 11 million it would be impossible for everyone to join in on every legislation and law. However impossible it may be, representative democracy is true democracy. People have absolute equality and freedom. Furthermore, considering Marquis de Condorcet theory-which could be manifested into implying that the majority will be correct-participatory should lead to more utilitarian laws and legislations (pp 213). However, this argument faults in its application, because it assumes voting to be as simple as right or wrong. Yes we could use technology to help us vote and learn about politics but technology and moreover the media is the biggest problem for this system. The media would surpass the government as they could manipulate the people through information and advertising (not to say that this is not currently happening). In addition, who would set the agenda? This group could as well control the state in similar technics, worse if the public controlled the agenda it would take months for laws to be passed(IPT 92)
Participatory democracy is unattainable in the modern world; nevertheless representative democracy still retains many of the positive attributes participatory democracy. The representatives diminish the absolute equality, freedom and commitment by and for the people, but it ‘s efficiency and functionality makes it accessible. Like all forms of government it is not perfect but it works. Similar to participatory democracy, it can easily be tainted by the media and technology, but even worse, by one of the representatives. Yet, regardless what form of government is implemented, a leader or representative is necessary for efficiency and thus runs the risk of corrupting the system or the state. Even the most extreme form of participatory government would need some representative to exist in anything other than a small town.
Representative democracy is the winner due to practicality, but it can be improved, maybe by creating a hybrid of the two. For example, representatives would still be the backbone of the government, together with weekly or biweekly votes on...

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