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Does democracy always work?

By on May 4, 2009 | 5 comments

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To begin with, I’m not too sure if the title of this thread got the sentence construction part correct. If it’s not, let me know and I’ll update it with the correct one.

I’ve recently had a situation where I had to take a decision against the will of majority. The public vote was for something and I was against it. I had to be narrow minded and go with my own decision because I know what’s right for everyone. It’s bit tough to handle such situations. It’s like having the world on one side and you on the other.

I’ve bee thinking if one should always go with the public vote; meaning, go with the decision that majority of the group makes. Do you think in democracy, what majority of the people believe is the right decision for everyone involved/associated?

In short, do you think democracy always work?

From my experience, the answer is no. There are times when you have to decide against the public opinion. People may have a different view of the things and you, as a decision-maker & in-charge, have a different view. It’s very difficult to make people look from your point of view. Just like an airplane pilot has a different view from the passengers. The passengers may think that the plane should fly at 35,000 ft. while the pilot will know it might be disasterous. It’s very difficult for the pilot to clearly explain the reasons behind his/her decisions to the passengers.

I may not have taken a right example; but I hope you got my point.

Have you ever had such a situation in your personal/professional life? What did you do?

The Big K



5 Comments

  1. The problem is: how do we decide who makes that one important decision? How do we decide who gets to be it?

    Democracy does not work as we are seeing it is because we are democratizing only the process of selecting who gets to be the ruler. He might as well be there through a coup.

    Democracy’s more acceptable face is seen IMO through the Idea advertisements.

  2. kidakaka

    May 5, 2009

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    You are talking about 3 different things all at once. So my comment is also three-fold 🙂

    1. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (google it!)
    2. Read Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
    3. Read up on a phenomenon called as Group Think

    Do what you think is right, if you think that the entire group benefits from that. But please note that there is a very fine line between a benevolent ruler and a tyrant (jaanta se puchho)

  3. Mayur

    May 6, 2009

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    Good post! In my opinion, democracy probably isn’t a way of taking decisions collectively. It rather allows a people’s representative to make decisions on behalf of them, making them think as if it is there own decision. Why do we hate almost all our political leaders when we are the people who elect them of let them to be elected?

    Democracy facilitates transparent flow of ideas and allows people to contribute to the process. But the important decisions always need to be taken by a great mind.

  4. redcom

    May 8, 2009

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    Leadership is not a product that i can buy but is a talent 1 is born with… but today’s world just work on 1 formula of demand and supply… every 1 is just walkin blind because bundles of currency r holding der sight… and do not see the trouble gettin hotter beyond…

  5. Salil

    May 18, 2009

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    K,
    I agree democracy has a lot of negatives, starting from the fact that it is strictly not the ‘rule of majority’. But what are the options?
    Cheers,
    Salil

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