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DEMOCRACY

– Effective, Accountable & the Best option

by Maj P. Tuhinikar Choudary (Retd) (Mob: +91 98480 47477)

Chairman – Institute for Democratic & Economic Affairz (IDEAz)

www.ideaz4india.com

 

Summary

Democracy is a method of Government of the ‘People’ for ‘All the People’. Not a dictatorship of the ‘Majority’ non appeasement of any Minority, but with an understanding of the interests of All. However as any such system cannot really be designed for all times, a good system should allow for means to continually effect appropriate change in the system by changes in leadership through regular and peaceful elections.

 

Quotations for consideration:

  • “Democracy is a Government ‘of the People‘, ‘for (all) the People’ and ‘by the People’.” – Abraham Lincoln.
  • “Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many, for appointment by the corrupt few.” – George Bernard Shaw.
  • “Democracy is an organized conflict based decision system which allows for reaching a good decision at that moment and then to keep continuously improving on it.” David Eaglemen.
  • “Democracy may not be the ideal form of Government, but it is definitely better than any of the alternatives.” – Winston Churchill
  • “The framers of the ‘Bill of Rights’ did not purport to ‘create’ rights. Rather, they designed the ‘Bill of Rights’ to prohibit (the) Government from infringing on the rights and liberties presumed to be pre-existing.” – William J. Brennan Jr.
  • “When you know that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing, when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods but in favours, when you see that men get rich more easily by graft rather than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them but protect them against you … You know that your society is doomed!” – Ayn Rand in “Atlas Shrugged”– Unless you decide to begin to do something about it. Starting with you – NOWand working with others of like mind.

 

Key Concepts:

  • “That which cannot be done perfectly must be done in a manner as near perfection as can be. If exactness cannot, from the nature of things, be attained, then the nearest practicable approach to exactness ought to be made.” – Daniel Webster.
  • “A Nation is at any moment readily defined by its Political Parties in power. But it is also defined by the political opinions it harbours in its streets and living rooms. A comprehensive understanding of a Nation must include those Parties that are not in power but that could rise in the right circumstances.” – David Eaglemen.
  • “There is no such thing as Public opinion. There is only published opinion” – Winston Churchill.

Hence proper and effective interaction with the media is essential.

 

As David Deutsch writes in ‘The Beginning of Infinity’-

  • Any system of Government and its policies, if chosen by the people for themselves, will obviously be based on knowledge of what seems best to them at that particular time. But as any such system or policies can never be perfect for all times or situations and, as flaws and problems are inevitable, it follows that a good system should allow improvement or progress in knowledge to continually effect change in the system or policies.

 

Any system of Government and its policies can never be perfect for all times or situationsa good system should allow improvement or progress in knowledge to continually effect change in the system or policies.

 

  • To expect things to remain the same and not see the need for any change is the view of a pessimist who assumes that knowledge will not grow, and in any case that change will always be for the worse. A rational optimist, as contrasted to a blind optimist who believes out of a reckless over confidence that nothing bad can happen, sees all problems as arising out of insufficient knowledge or lack of enough time or resources (wealth) to eliminate them at that time, and sees progress as continuous, even if it is not clear, at that moment, how or in what manner.
  • A pessimistic civilization prides itself on its children’s conformity to the traditional patterns of behavior seen as proper and bemoans every real or imagined novelty. An optimistic civilization is open and not afraid to innovate, and is based on the tradition of criticism. Its institutions keep improving and the most important knowledge that they embody is knowledge of how to detect and eliminate errors.
  • “It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.”- Robert A. Heinlein. The exceptions seem to be those that do not believe in proselytizing or evangelism and who do not have a ‘Book’ which lays down religious rules as alleged to have been revealed to their Founder. Therefore in the interest of greater harmony, all religion should be kept out of politics and government.

 

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