December 2nd, 2004


Democracy in action.

Has anyone been following the current electoral strife in Ukraine? It has recently come to my attention, and I must say that I am impressed - it would appear democracy and people power can sometimes work and protestors may have forced fresh elections. If indeed they have, this might be a victory for democracy.

Might be. After all, reports are filtering through from Ukraine that Western media coverage isn't entirely accurate. While it has depicted opposition supporters as gallant defenders of democracy fighting for their rights in the face of corruption, there has also apparently been much support shown for the pro-Russian 'victor' of the elections and country opinion is essentially divided. I am concerned that whatever court ruling is handed down from the judges, it has the potential to trigger violence. I'll be watching this one with baited breath.

However, if there is a victory for democracy, I'm not sure I will be jumping up and down with excitement. It seems that it's not politically correct to hold my viewpoint, but I believe democracy, in practice, does not work. It's a lot more like communism than many would wish to believe - nice theory, but it doesn't work in practice. Collapse )

So do I have a better idea? No. Do I have an alternate system to propose? No. I am criticising democracy, but I am not discarding it. I am yet to find any other political system that works, and democracy seems to be the best of a bad bunch. Stalinism didn't work in the USSR and anarchism didn't work in Somalia, did they now? So, until I create or find a better idea, I will continue to hesitantly support democracy. Good luck to the people of Ukraine. Elect your leader; don't let corruption elect one for you.

(For the record, I am not attempting to attack any political allegiances, parties, or outcomes in this post, nor am I attempting to insult anyone's intelligence. Nowhere did I attempt to subtly make references to George Bush, Tony Blair, Ariel Sharon, Pervez Musharraf, Helen Clark, or anyone else. If you feel insulted, know that I did not intend to do that.)
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