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This house believes that democracy is undesirable for a good society".

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Introduction to Political Thought Debate Log "This house believes that democracy is undesirable for a good society". Seminar four took the form of a debate between supporters and opponents of democracy. Two speakers made their case, each putting forward their argument. The remaining members of the group then discussed the issues raised and decided if they were in favour or against democracy. This log seeks to record the events of the debate. The argument for the case of democracy was presented first. The following represents how the argument was put forward. For democracy * The word democracy comes from the Greek for ruled by people through any form of government they choose. * The public must obey the rules so surely they should, at least, have a hand in creating the rules. This way they public are more content and happier to obey the laws as they are less likely to feel alienated by them and indeed there would be less discrimination. * Rousseau set out the idea of a 'social contract' where by citizens agree to obey the law. They give their consent to be governed and that also constitutes an agreement to obey any laws the government makes. * Every citizen should take part in democracy, and participation should not be limited to those with education or wealth. * Locke argues that basic right of human beings cannot be taken away, so therefore, the people cannot hand over power to an elite group or ruler. ...read more.

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o Acting on behalf of the party can also be argued is acting for yourself, as members vote with the party on issues in order that their career stays on track. As often voting against the party can mean no further career progression within the party. * Plato saw democracy as an inefficient form of government. He suggested that skilled individuals should be in charge of departments within government, providing a professional base of knowledge, meaning the state can be run much more efficiently. o Further to this, Plato suggests that leaders should be fully trained with education and experience in the field. This way the state is run the very best way, by someone who knows exactly what to do and how to do it. It's common sense really, as we train people for any other occupation, such as bus driver, or plumber, so why not the Prime Minister? o It also means that people are more comfortable with their leader, and trust that he or she will do a good job. People will always listen to those who have better knowledge in a field, such as doctors or dentists, and therefore, people would be happier obeying laws and such set forth by a skilled leader. o It could be said that a leader from a non-democratic state has the potential to become a dictator, as the power they have overwhelms them. ...read more.

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Education can also be used for employment enhancing the economy. o Democracy can strengthen a community as it promotes political societies, which create a community spirit. People then feel a sense of belonging and solidarity. o Democracy protects us from the interests of individuals. This is due to the lack of a dictator and the checks and balances a democratic government provides. * Against democracy. o Dominant religious bodies can impose their values of the wide population through government. Although many people may subscribe to such beliefs, not all people will, but religious policies may find their way into law. Such as prayer in primary schools. Although children from other religions are not forced to take part, they may feel alienated by the practice. Conclusion The debate was extremely interesting, as never before had many of us thought properly about living with a non-democratic government. The arguments against democracy were compelling and convincing, and there certainly are holes in the democratic process that many of use would never have thought about before now. Equally the argument for democracy was convincing too. I think it's hard to imagine now living in a non-democratic Britain, and the way we are governed is most likely for the best, but it is certainly interesting to look on non-democratic states with more respect. 1 This point about Rousseau was made for the argument against democracy, although it seems to support democracy. ?? ?? ?? ?? GO146 David Bates 04291225 - 1 - ...read more.

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