What the advantages and disadvantages of democracy?

Ulanova Adina - Kyrgyzstan

Essay on the topic of “Democracy”


You can write a lot about democracy. This is one of the most ancient forms of government. This is a form of government that the Athenians invented. There all the same political institutions quickly reformed. People became literate, thereby increasing the demand for representatives of the authorities. Let us consider what the advantages and disadvantages of democracy.            

Accordingly the requirements for the authorities, were higher and they did not tolerate any morons who were, and the people themselves decided to participate in political life and select themselves. The political elite agreed to cooperate with the people so that the people would choose a worthy one. Democracy gives people the opportunity to participate in the political life of the country. But on the other hand, people make a choice based on what they know about the candidates. And what does he know about them? Just what they say about them on TV, on the Internet and on various posters. And who owns TV channels, newspapers and the Internet? Media resources, mass media, including major Internet resources, belong to the same elite - the most wealthy people or corporations. And in the West really independent media, not connected with large capital, must be very strongly searched: these are mostly small publications, the audience of which is so small that it cannot influence the elections. It turns out that people make choices based on the fact that the candidates are spoken about the candidates themselves, as well as the media owned by their friends or sponsors. Essentially, the choice is made not even between candidates, but between those images that draw the media. And you can draw anything. One can be drawn by a hero, and the other, on the contrary, by an evil goblin. And how to check who is who? He who has more media resource and more money can create a better image for himself. And not only visual in the form of hairstyles and costumes. The campaign headquarters analyzes what voters care about, what they want to hear - and draws up the candidate’s programs of speech so that the greatest number of those who are about to go to the polls like him. And you can throw mud at the enemy by launching information that will alienate voters. And who has more resources - he can broadcast more information in his favor and more information to the detriment of opponents. And according to these "drawn pictures" the people make their "democratic choice".

Democracy in Kyrgyzstan was not criticized only by a lazy person, therefore the thesis that democracy is a bad form of government does not cause me any surprise. However, personally, I am not a fan of supporting conversations like “democracy is not suitable for our country”. And I do not advocate for the monarchical system, for theocracy or anarchy. I believe that a country naturally has the form of government that suits it most. The one for which people are ready. And often the one to which society is accustomed. Personally, I respect the way that society is managed as democratic. Democracy is translated from the Greek language as "the power of the people." The democratic system in Kyrgyzstan is, like any other system, criticized. There are different opinions: "in fact, this is the power of the rich over the poor," "democracy does not exist in nature," "no matter who is stronger, he is right." My respect for democracy is based on the fact that with this system, everyone has the right to vote. Not only the right to vote in elections, but the right to vote, say, express yourself in general. It recognizes the right of every person of power and control. In a democracy, this basic right is assigned not to religion, not to special royal blood by birthright, to a successful general who did not seize power (as is usual in many African countries). And also to non-members of the party - the “most worthy”, as is usual under the totalitarian structure of society. Under a democratic system, every person knows from childhood that he has the right to vote and the right to choose. Another thing is whether he uses it. Bernard Shaw, an Englishman who lived under the monarchical regime, has a priceless statement: “Democracy cannot rise above the level of the human material from which its voters are made.” That is, the level and quality of democracy is relative in itself, and it depends on the level of society.  So it”s up to everybody to decide whether democracy is good or bad, but for me, democracy is the best of all forms of government now.

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