Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” Revolutionary Thomas Paine describes the government, which may seem evil at times, as a necessity for becoming a functioning society. A lot of responsibility is entrusted onto today’s government to create a safe, law based environment in which everyone can live and prosper. Although without the structure of a government to create laws and have the authority to enforce them, society itself would become chaotic. If a strong government ever became corrupt, it would have the ability to keep control on society by creating laws that limit people’s free-will. This creates a dystopian society for every person living under that government.
The media contributes to this, portraying a narrow-minded view of the world, showing only portions of what could impact life in the States. Without complete information of outside nations, the democracy in America is flawed and elections are based more on favoritism and who can make the other look worst. This can lead citizens to favor the more socially appealing contender even if he/she is not the right person to lead. In the article “Plato’s Republic vs. Democracy” the author Ogochukwu Okpala stresses that, “to allow the public to vote based on emotions rather than an informed decision could be detrimental to the structure of a society.” The logical alternative is to educate the public that way they may vote for only the truly wise to determine what is best for the nation
Although the United States has been celebrated as a pioneering democracy, the nation’s constitution formulates a system of government that deviates from purely democratic principles. That is, when assessing the intentions of the framers, the Constitution’s calculated deviations from an absolute popular rule establishes a system of governance in which the security of American liberties is prioritized. Moreover, by examining the nuances of the Constitution from the framers’ lenses, the divergence from purely democratic ideals becomes all the more apparent. However, despite paving the road for democracies to come, emerging democracies around the world have broken away from the American system of governance outlined by the constitution through
However, various groups have challenged the success of democracy to fully represent citizens’ rights because of its divisive nature. The goal is to apply fair democratic practices in the United States and develop more universal equality around the world. The various critiques of democratic practices have relevance to modern political systems and thus, I argue that democratic objectives become deficient due to the limits of power by political leaders and unequal repre... ... middle of paper ... ...n political thinkers like Foucault put forth the idea that power among the hands of the state is both suspicious and dangerous. In discursive political theory, there must be an open communication of ideas and reason between citizens, but many critics, like Jurgen Habermas and Sheldon Wolin, argue that open dialogue in modern democratic practices is vulnerable to fears and concerns of citizens. Inclusionary democracy prevents the tyranny of a few to withhold political rights to citizens and calls for acceptance of rights for various social and racial groups in order for equal representation in the political process.
The idea of a governing body drawing its power directly from its constituents has been undermined by the corrupt nature of modern politics where politicians act out of self-interest. While the Constitution and later amendments had every intention of securing basic liberties, certain limitations later undermined the original intentions of the founding fathers to give power back to the people by placing the larger majority of power in the hands of the state. Federal limitations to certain amendments, known as federal mandates, have taken power away from the masses. To secure democracy and avoid further abuses of power by the judicial courts, an amendment should be made to the Constitution prohibiting the federal government from putting down mandates that directly interfere with the power given to the states by law. Federal politicians use desultory commands as leverage to ensure that the states comply with their wishes.
But if we look deeply in our government, the people who runs it, does not completely follows the values of Democracy and secretly use traits of totalitarian and dystopian acts. Two great novels, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and 1984 by George Orwell describe life living in a dystopian and totalitarian government or society. Living in these type of societies, is not the best way to live in because you lose your freedom and lose yourself. I believe that our society is more like Brave New World than 1984 because our society seem perfect, but actually it is not. If you think about it is not as peaceful and innocent as it seemed.
In order to have a functioning democratic society, al... ... middle of paper ... ...cal leaders not only carry additional power, but as well as more importance over its citizens. The public sphere was created in order for citizens to be active with their opinions, ideas and beliefs to peruse change even if it resisted state power. Fraser throughout this essay proves that the public sphere did not enhance democracy as had it many flaws such as being not inclusive and biased. On the other hand, Dean in this essay proves that communicative technologies have not enchaced democracy. Instead it has created the idea of communicative capitalism in which technology serves as a fetish, and creates a fantasy of participation.
If you do not control the power of the government they will eventually combine all their powers to form a tyranny. Publius believes that in order to encroach this ... ... middle of paper ... ... more than likely disagree with Paine as in doing away with government, as it is needed in order to form a good society. Publius would agree with Locke because they both think that you must have a government in order to form a civil society and that a government will protect you and secure your natural rights as a person. In conclusion to this, there is no such thing as a perfect government, only a great government yet even then they will still have some flaws. Necessary evils are necessary in government in order to surpass history and improve on itself.
Media highly depends on market forces, on government decisions and choices of multinational media corporations. The Al-Jazeera case study doesn’t add up a positive view to media impartiality and neutrality. Unfortunately, the illusion of choice is created in the modern world. The information is strictly controlled and censored, however, in a way that an ordinary person wouldn’t realize that he had been manipulated. That makes people puppets on the political scene with elites controlling their minds.
Power would be limited by internal and external constraints, for example constitutionalism which would mean that the population would know the extent of the government’s power. Liberals therefore wanted to prevent tyranny from occurring, but classical and modern liberals had differing ideas on how this could be done. Classical liberals, such as Acton, did not believe in democracy because the majority could crush individual liberty and minority rights, ... ... middle of paper ... ...wer. Then this in turn would lead to tyrannical governments such as those of; Hussein, Mugabe and Stalin. The implications of liberals believing in this statement are that they believe that rational individuals should want to sign up to a social contract to establish a sovereign government.