What is democracy? You could say that it’s a system in which everyone gets one vote and all are equal. That sounds good.
Alternatively, you could say that it’s one specific example of a kind of system in which one group gets to impose its views on another group, explicitly against the will of those people.
Doesn’t sound so nice now, does it?
In democracy, the majority imposes its views on a minority. But in the same broad class of political systems in which one group imposes its will on another we find Fascism, Communism, National Socialism and Dictatorship.
They say that everybody wants to rule the world, but it’s an idea that’s always puzzled me, because I don’t want to rule the world. It seems obvious that this is a bad idea. Not for me in particular to rule the world, but for any one person or group. Because ruling the world means having power over the people in it. And nobody should have that kind of power. Which means that logically there ought not to be any governments, or at least not the kind we have now, which seem intent on micro-managing all kinds of human activities.
This isn’t a very popular idea, I must admit, and I also concede that I don’t yet have an alternative that’s fully worked out. But still, the basic problem keeps rearing its head again and again.
I realise that we need laws to protect us. Paradoxically, the rule of law is what guarantees us our freedoms. But individuals shouldn’t have power over others. Groups shouldn’t have power over others. It seems self-evident. Am I the only one who thinks this?