Douglas Carswell, a British member of parliament, likens traditional politics to HMV, a chain of British record shops that went bust, in a world where people are used to calling up whatever music they want whenever they want via Spotify, a popular digital music-streaming service. It is produced not by scurrilous or ambitious politicians but by the ruthless activities of voters.
Things are not that bad these days, but China poses a far more credible threat than communism ever did to the idea that democracy is inherently superior and will eventually prevail. Meanwhile some recent recruits to the democratic camp have lost their lustre. Paradoxically even potential dictators have a lot to learn from events in Egypt and Ukraine: Mr Morsi would not be spending his life shuttling between prison and a glass box in an Egyptian court, and Mr Yanukovych would not be fleeing for his life, if they had not enraged their compatriots by accumulating so much power.
Revise the national GST law from three tax tiers to a single moderate rate of tax. Voter turnout is falling, too: a study of 49 democracies found that it had declined by 10 percentage points between and
Scale renewable energy capacity to GW. India has survived as a democracy since apart from a couple of years of emergency rule and Brazil since the mids for much the same reason: both put limits on the power of the government and provided guarantees for individual rights. In the moral sphere Christianity took the breathtaking leap of saying that everyone has a soul and every single soul is of equal value in the eyes of God - the soul of the shirker is as precious to God as the soul of the hard worker. Voter turnout is falling, too: a study of 49 democracies found that it had declined by 10 percentage points between and In Mr Yanukovych was ousted from office by vast street protests, only to be re-elected to the presidency with the help of huge amounts of Russian money in , after the opposition politicians who replaced him turned out to be just as hopeless.
Last month, award-winning photographer and activist Shahidul Alam was released on bail after spending days behind bars under the ICT Act. Bread, Cloth, House slogan.
Robust constitutions not only promote long-term stability, reducing the likelihood that disgruntled minorities will take against the regime. Simply put, there is no solution available to us which can succeed simultaneously in both fields. Its system of direct democracy allowed its citizens to vote for contradictory policies, such as higher spending and lower taxes, while closed primaries and gerrymandered districts institutionalised extremism.
In the s and s communism and fascism looked like the coming things: when Spain temporarily restored its parliamentary government in , Benito Mussolini likened it to returning to oil lamps in the age of electricity. Governments can exercise self-restraint in several different ways. This encourages extremism, because politicians have to appeal only to the party faithful, and in effect disenfranchises large numbers of voters. Getting democracy right THE most striking thing about the founders of modern democracy such as James Madison and John Stuart Mill is how hard-headed they were. In a boardroom the charm might feel that a vote is the right way to pool collective intelligence, and that the majority of experienced, well-informed people might be wiser than any individual.
And the best way to address popular disillusion towards politicians is to reduce the number of promises they can make. He was thinking of voting as an attempt to reach the best decisions about what to do. Kumaraswamy — the son of a former prime minister of India and the current chief minister of Karnataka, has countered that "India developed because of dynasty politics", stating that "dynasty politics are not the main issue, rather country's problems are".