Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Democracy fails where political ignorance is bliss

When I was young, I was taught that democracy is the best form of government because it is better than a dictatorship – the most exploitative form of government. The people living in a democratic country have the right to elect their representatives to run the state. When you give one vote to the person who promises you certain good things, and you let him win elections, you get a good government. That is the popular notion.

Vote in an institutionalized democratic country happens at regular intervals, mostly in every 3 – 5 years. During election time, we all are bombarded with a lot of information, news, rallies, agendas, and promises of ruling and opposition parties, etc. We get overwhelmed, and when the prime time comes, like responsible citizens, we visit the polling booth to cast our votes in favor of our favorite candidates. But the problem is the average voter doesn’t know how to vote, and that’s why in most cases, democracy doesn’t function well. The very way we perceive democracy and choose our representatives leads us one step closure to the failure of it.

A full adaptation of this blog topic was published on The ArmChair Journal with the title: Democracy fails where political ignorance is bliss on 14th March 2020.

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