Prospects For Democracy
“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” “Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either [aristocracy or monarchy]. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.”
It is the year 2010. Democracy has become so successful that countries who've enjoyed it are trying to share the good news with countries without it (along with hot sausage Mcmuffins). Unfortunately, these moronic, ungrateful, stone-age jerk-offs either refuse that generous gift out of arrogance or are too stupid to put it together correctly (it's not like it's an Ikea dresser, folks). Is the developing world hopeless, or are the efforts of developed countries? Has democracy simply run its course among those who are capable of handling it? What developed countries could democracy work or not work in? Regardless of the answer to those questions, which I will address, the people of any given nation have to want democracy. The U.S has been a leader in trying to sit on the chest of developing countries trying to spoon-feed this political medication to them, but even when it goes in their mouth, the spit it back out the moment they stand back up. For the sake of humor though, I'll juxtapose the U.S as a successful democracy against that of other countries in its history for the first part of my essay. The second of potential and current democracies in the modern world, and last, whether and how much democracy I believe there will be in the next 20 to 25 years and solutions to achieve it. Get ready to hop on the Magic School Bus not to the Prehistoric era or inside a human body, but...to the land of democracy? Sorry, Ms. Frizzle got sent to rehab by some narc who found LSD under the driver's seat. Suffice to say this ride won't be as fun as past “adventures”, but I'm going to give it a damned good try.
Now let’s take a trip back to 1783 in the great land we’ve just come to know as the United States of America. For the first time, it appears as though democracy truly has a shot. The British actually surrendered to the American revolutionaries and those who remained in opposition exiled themselves! Talk about a clean break! As most now in modern times, this is not the usual case in revolutions. Even the supposedly peace-loving and wimpy French were chopping off heads in the name of democracy. There's always the Greeks right? Sadly, the esteemed Athenian democracy met its ends through the violence and civil war it had allowed to fester throughout it's reign. However, America is different – not simply due to apple pie and barbecue – but like most great achievements, due to impeccable timing. Had what's now known as the United States been colonized centuries prior when Europe was still trudging through the Feudal Ages, democracy would almost certainly falter, especially in an emerging nation. And regardless of the ascribed poverty of our country's childhood, most of the founding fathers came from wealthy families that had a fair amount of social influence, and at worst, they were of a middle-merchant class. In addition, they were also working with an eden of resources and real estate. As the Prof. said and I paraphrase, "they would have to be pretty stupid to mess this up." Furthermore, this was post-renaissance and ideas like democracy and morally-rich thought had been being nurtured for a good portion of time. And one of the more important aspect was that while the colonists were poor, they had an entire ocean to separate their 'oppressors'!.
Back to the point of comparing the U.S with other countries past and present, the U.S has not yet proven either its ability to wield democracy successfully nor whether democracy is even a successful form of government. “Hell to the no, wiener-brain”, I can already hear you shouting, but I implore your to...
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