1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
2. a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.
4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.
5. the common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class; the common people with respect to their political power.
Remember when your parents told you: “Do not take candy from strangers, it may be drugs!” They kept reminding us of this because they cared for us and wanted the best for us. As children we listened to their warnings but as we grew, we tend to forget them. Without realizing it, we are now willingly accepting candy from strangers. Just like real drugs case you to hallucinate and see things that aren’t really there, the system keeps showing us democracy when there is no democracy at all.
Democracy however is more than a simple choice between YES or NO; democracy is the direct participation of the masses in the government of the nations. Something that we have yet to see happen.
Referendums are functioning as drugs that attack the bodies and the minds of the masses and are also very expensive for a nation, maybe those monies would better be spent to secure the territory to build new hospitals and schools, or simply to lower taxes and to increase the welfare of the people on a whole.
It’s time to evolve a new political system towards a form of direct democracy1, it’s time to stop the mistakes of the ruling class. It’s time to grow, it’s time to speak to the masses and to awaken from the slumber of false democracy’s drugs!
Who is working legally and who illegally? Who deserves the welfare of the state, and who is a vagrant who abuses it? Who benefits from legal protection, and who deserves no legal protection? How one treats citizens, guest workers, vagrants, immigrants, and the homeless causes great controversy. Torture responds to this anxiety.… It works on the inside, leaving traces on habits and dispositions. Different kinds of people know where to go and where not to go, where is venturing too far and where is home.… Whether one can go here or there without fear of being beaten, whether one can travel in one’s car without being pulled over or electrified, these are experiences constitutive of citizenship.… Our societies offer many finely graded distinctions between citizens, and some citizens soon discover they are not treated equally. These different civic experiences create different expectations and shape future behaviors.… In these cases, torture…is conferring identities, shaping a finely graded civic order. It reminds lesser citizens who they are and where they belong.
Where violence is selective, people assume the right people are being targeted and this discourages anyone, enemy or not, from doing anything that might make them fall under suspicion.
– Darius Rejali
Elections have degenerated into a chaotic mixture of massive fraud, vote-rigging, boycotts, intimidation, and abuses of national power by the political parties. The real obstacle to free and fair elections in Belize is the character of the regime and its unbridled use of both the state security apparatus and a vast, illegal patronage system funded by national wealth. The dangers plaguing democracy are a low grade of intelligence in the representative body and class legislation in the representative body; these being the same class.
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- Beyond Democracy: Is it time for limited government? (politicsontoast.com)
- Democratic decentralization – What next? (guptasudhir.wordpress.com)
- Pure democracy (linusfernandes.com)
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|1.||↩||Direct democracy- A government where the citizens vote directly on every problem or change.|