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Why Do We Like Democracy So Much?

Tanvi Mishra

Posted on July 1, 2020 16:16

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Do we need democracy in our world? Why have we settled for democracy? Are there other forms of effective governments?

For some time now, democracy has been accepted as the "common sense" form of government; as an ideology. It has been polished, awarded and kept hung in reverence to be accepted and never questioned. The masses' general understanding of democracy seems to be that it aims to serve all the people, give the majority of the population a stake in deciding who governs them and that it is the fairest of all possible governance methods.

In the 21st century, the media plays a disgustingly cataclysmic role in how we think. After all, if BBC is free, why must I pay for the New York Times? Social media, including Twitter and Instagram, is infused with opinionated falsified information, idiotic and dangerous to the hilt. The base membership of these platforms are teenagers, millennials and some awful Marquis de Sade types. The reading of books is plummeting, as well as the average global IQ, and all of this is known to the people who profit off of this. Influencers, politicians and bright, empty-headed businessmen have realized that in the information age, having a loud voice that stands for absolutely nothing allows the cash flow to fill up their gilded pockets.

As a newfound student of politology, I think society has lost its teleological quality -- that is to say, the existence for some definite purpose or end. A myriad of available information and choices have tailored our brains to lust after the quickest, easiest, and satisfying source of information. This leads to the formation of a dangerous relationship between man and the internet. The sad answer we must digest is that our democracy is actually an oligarchy.

Described in Aristotle's "Politics" as a corrupted form of aristocracy, oligarchy is led by the rich who rule the masses, lording over them with flashy displays of wealth and a lack of affection for their nameless innumerable piggy banks. The purpose of society has shifted. Virtue has been replaced with money. We are all trying to climb the ladder, even though those at the top have already toppled over the ladder.

You can take care to brandish your verbatim with care. Be a part of the change. Take this gloomy, unfulfilling quarantine and educate yourself on your responsibility as an individual in a society. Vote with care. And be a part of the tangible solution, not the problem or unrequited, impractical idea that will not pan out.

However, simply put, democracy is our best way forward. I'd like to challenge you to come up with a better method of governance: try. (I did too, and I must admit, while I have an undeniable fondness of uncorrupted aristocracy, how long does it stay uncorrupted? Aristotle himself stated, "The many are less corruptible than the few.") The reason we haven’t thrown democracy out the window is that simply put, there is no better option.

As said by Wes Anderson, "There are still faint glimmers of civilization in this barbaric slaughterhouse once known as humanity."

Tanvi Mishra

Posted on July 1, 2020 16:16

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Source: WashPost

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