Other strong democracies (US, Europe) accept “superficial democracies”, often mixing economics and politics.
Elections - Democracy requires…
Freedom to advocate, associate, contest, and campaign.
Fair and neutral electoral administration.
A widely credible system of dispute resolution.
Balanced access to mass media.
Independent vote monitoring.
What’s the core problem? - Governance
“ Monopoly of Power ” - Rule of the Elite - nearly everyone feels powerless, exploited, and unhappy.
“ Predatory societies ” – Use any means necessary and break any rules possible to gain power and wealth.
“ Social distrust” - Thin line between police and criminals.
Robert Putnam, Douglass North, John Wallis, and Barry Weingast – Problem is … “Bad governance is not an aberration or an illness to be cured, but rather a natural condition ”.
Governance - Democracy requires …
Freedom, justice, and a fairer society through :
It takes time to make it work - ongoing commitment to the principles of democracy.
Judicial system and Rule of Law : Law enforcement, crime and corruption containment.
Independent organizations, mass media, and think tanks.
Generating steady solid economic growth while ensuring economic equality.
Professionalism & open market economy?
Governance - Transforming Predator Societies…
Civic involvement and consciousness.
Forming impartial rules and democratic institutions (political parties, parliaments, and local governments).
better, stronger, and more
transparency and accessibility .
Vertical (by the public) : G enuine democratic election with strict integrity and neutrality, public hearings, citizen audits, the regulation of campaign finance, and a freedom-of-information act
Horizontal (by the counterpart agencies) : Independent with resources - Legal authority, professional staffs, public audits, parliamentary oversight committees, etc.
My take on things - Maslow on a social scale
Human needs -> Social needs.
Social Physiological and Safety should be satisfied in order to allow a confident long-lasting Social-actualization.
My take on things - Democracy
Democracy – least worst . It’s not near perfect, but it’s the best we have.
It’s essentially working - People in strong enduring democracies – see and constantly complain about the weaknesses, but wouldn’t trade it for anything else.
The main democratic strength
A work in process for the whole society.
A self-evolving political system.
Focusing on rights and liberties.
My take on things - World’s Democratic Recession
I’m optimistic .
Up to the people - There’s no such thing “cultural tendencies to freedom or democracy”, yet it’s up to the people in different nations to figure out what’s right for them. Democracy can take many forms.
Democracy can’t be rushed into - It took Europe and the US hundreds of years and it’s still in process.
People’s Democracy - Democracy has to come from the people. It can not be forced upon. People need to want it.