Advantages and Disadvantages of Democracy

29 Jun

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All democracies (and every other structure of government) are bound to have few structural flaws, which are associated to the character of democracy. Diverse populaces have diverse views about the different political procedures. The advantages and disadvantages of any political structure have to be measured vigilantly in order to reach at any finale.


“For if liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.” – Aristotle


Democracy originated from the Greek word demos (people) and kratia (power); Democracy is the thought that leads a country to give an atmosphere that unites equivalent gains and prospects (in the political, social, and economic spheres) for the common man. There are many advantages to this political scheme; the masses are given rights and liberty. An additional advantage of democracy is that it permits common man to play a dynamic part in the political actions of the nation. Nonetheless, there are disadvantages also. One of the prime disadvantages of democracy is the power of the masses which can also be distorted and become the autocracy of the masses. Therefore this can become a treacherous matter in democracy. An added downside of the ruling of majority in democracy is that it lifts barriers in the liberty of idea or the freedom of outlook.

Advantages of Democracy

Peaceful Modifications in the Government


Democracy can offer modifications in government without hostility. In a democracy, authority can be reassigned from one party to another by the mode of elections. The power of the general public of a country decides its ruling power.


Averting Monopoly


Furthermore, any government is confined to an election tenure after which it has to contend against other parties to recover power. This method averts monopoly of the reigning party. The reigning authorities have to ensure it functions effectively for its people as cannot continue being the authority subsequent to carrying out its term unless re-elected by the people.


Feeling of Gratitude


This inculcates a feeling of responsibility towards the citizens. The reigning party owes their accomplishment in the elections to the people of the country. This leads to a feeling of thankfulness towards the citizens. It can act as their inspiration to function for the people for it is the general masses that have absolute authority over selecting their government.


Social Responsibility of the Citizens


An additional vital advantage of democracy is that the citizens achieve a sense of contribution in the procedure of selecting their government. They get the chance to speak out their views by method of electoral voting. This gives ascend to a feeling of belongingness in the brains of the masses towards their society and its well being.


Disadvantages of Democracy

Making the wrong choice


In a democratic country, it is the common man who has the supreme right to choose their legislature and their prevailing authorities. As per a general study, not all the people are completely conscious of the political circumstances in their nation. The common masses may not be acquainted of the political matters in their society. This may lead to common man taking an erroneous selection during election.


Authorities May Lose focus


As the government is bound to changes and modification after each election tenure, the authorities may function with a interim objective. Since they have to go through an election procedure after the conclusion of each tenure, they may lose focus on functioning effectively for the citizens and instead might concentrate on winning elections.


Hordes Have Influence


A further disadvantage of democracy is that hordes can manipulate citizens. People may vote in support of a party under the pressure of the bulk. Constrained or influenced by the ideas of those around, an individual may not put across his/her accurate judgment.


Democracy averts radicalism and encourages teamwork and synchronization. It also slows things down, stops those in authority doing what they wish regardless of the majority’s desires.





Note: I am no expert in democracy and can thus not express a scientifically proven opinion in this regard, but I noticed the following when countries gained so-called freedom. (Example – South Africa). It soon became clear to me that it is not so much about freedom and liberation from historical domination and oppression, but the yearning for POWER and control. We have many examples in Africa and elsewhere that clearly shows that freedom and democracy are often mostly an illusion. Superficial changes are made, but the poor and the homeless voters remain bottom feeders in the newly created social democratic structure. Those that are lucky enough to slot in at the top of the feeding chain and are close to the POWER source experience massive changes in status and quality of life while the middle and especially the lower class continue as before. 

The point that I am making is that any democratic system where a single group (race, party, religious or otherwise) gain the upper hand because of numbers are doomed to failure. A democratic management structure where you have one single party that control almost everything is unhealthy and usually leads to a wide range of serious problems. One form of domination and oppression is simply replaced with a new form of slavery. (All you really have is a changing of the guard) The disadvantaged continue to struggle and strain without jobs, housing and services notwithstanding the promises made by enthusiastic political leaders. The perceived freedom financial benefits promised to the previous oppressed is often just an illusion.

What I have against a democratic system where one group are dominant is that individuals are often appointed in leadership roles that simply don’t have the ability, skills and know-how when it comes to the task expected from such individual. The blind often leads the blind and ignorant. The only way that any democracy can become a vibrant system is where individuals can be rapidly replaced when they fail to achieve the desired or promised objectives. It is only when a country is run like a business by competent and accountable leaders that understand their obligation towards all citizens that country flourish and grow. Democracy must never be allowed to become a weapon in the hands of a specific group (party, race, religion etc.)



Posted by on June 29, 2012 in WISDOM


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9 responses to “Advantages and Disadvantages of Democracy

  1. neilkumar

    December 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Laws of the society were made to accelerate the human race in population (over quality) then to enjoy what they got after the birth called duty. This way the old social structures worked and maintaining the balances between population and duties. But the new developments in sciences to give prime importance to freedom and longevity; this delicate balance is been broken. Now since there are more humans are on the earth then needed; old formulas have to be changed. If you agree on this point then we must discuss in depth about the present perspective for the coming future of the society and the world order which may be an fine amalgamation of capitalist and communism in accountable-democracy.
    1. Democracy promotes population (through juggling of responsibilities).
    2. Population promotes corruption (through competition).
    3. Corruption promotes population growth for survivors.
    4. Accountability can not exist in “Equal-rights with Liberty” platform of democracy
    To control the population and corruption, accountability has to be enforced under promotion-pay scale with superior rights as gratitude’s and not as obligations.
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