Is Democracy still Important

Is Democracy Dying?

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Following the end of the Cold War in the 1990s, globalization seemed to be embraced as the way to world peace. Along with it, democracy and sense of freedom seemed to flourish everywhere. Today, democracy is still at center stage, but it is viewed and practiced as a mechanism that divides rather than unites people. Democracy respects and upholds diversity within the frame of unity. So if the frame transforms into disunity, is democracy still relevant to our lives?

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I always thought democracy isnt for everyone. The majority steer away a group or nation, but what if the majority made unwise decisions? Or maybe harmful to other groups or minorities. In the United States people choose Donald Trump as their leader, thats democracy working its magic. In Indonesia, a demonstration that claim itself as an act of defending the majority religion is used politically by key figures and groups to take down the government. Oh democracy strikes again! Plato said that in democracy freedom is supreme good but also slavery. So what can we choose other than democracy? Aristocracy… Read more »

Bips
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Bips

At Sacred Bridge, we discussed how the Western defines “people” is always changing from time to time.
So, according to it i think democracy is not dying, however we still need a deeper understanding and improvement about democracy as a way of living rather than just a “system”. Morality within individual is one of the most important element in democracy since its maintain the sustainability of a community, nation, and even the world. Without morality there will be no justice. My question is what and how can we do, especially in developing countries to redefine “the people” for the greater good?

Agasatya
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Agasatya

In my opinion democracy as a political system is just a tool for governments or politicians to reach their goals. It should be felt by the people. On the other hand, this system driven by the government. Lincoln’s idea about democracy “of the people, by the people, for the people”, has never been practiced by the governments or politicians. So is democracy dying? Has democracy ever lived yet?

Sawi Lieu
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Sawi Lieu

Democracy as a system should be protected by the law, by this choncept, it could led to the progression or regression. Not only that, It could became misleading for some people, and this is the challenging truth to the society itself.

Although it still takes 5 seconds for each generation to understand how the sustainability going on.

Bips
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Bips

What do you mean by 5 seconds to understand the sustainability?

Gili not Butros
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Gili not Butros

5 seconds in Mars?

Zach
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Zach

There are many questions before we can conclude if democracy is still at center stage, dying or it never exists. What democracy are we discussing here? Is it the Western modern democracy? Particularly the one defined by Lincoln as “…of the people, by the people, for the people”? Is it the direct or representative democracy? And in what form of governance, Republic, Monarchy (absolute and constitutional) or Theocratic? Or are we actually going back to the Classical Greek Democracy here? There are many more questions here that may be raised, but when we talk about democracy, the people should be… Read more »

Bips
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Bips

Since the people are the core of Democracy, is it possible if we first discuss about the people rather than the system itself?

Gili not Butros
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Gili not Butros

Is there any distinction between modern democracy in US and democracy in Greek terms?

Zach Feigel
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Zach Feigel

Yes, there are few differences. What people mean by Ancient Greek Democracy is actually Athenian Democracy. At the time, cities were the states, and Athens was a city-state. Athens was governed by three main bodies: the Assembly (Ekklesia in Greek, and widely called the Demos), the Council (Boule in Greek), and the Court (Dikasteria in Greek). Members of the Demos were not elected as the member of Congress or Parliament in our modern day; they were adult (18 years and older) male, Athenian native (with Athenian native parents), living in one of the districts in Athens. Members of The Boule… Read more »

Bips
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Bips

So it’s a direct democracy? It’s really interesting about Ostracism. I wonder what will happen if its practice in modern democracy…

TriP
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TriP

After reading this, I think the Ancient Greek system is more “fair” than the “modern” way? Because anyone can be a member of Boule or Dikasteria. Or is it possible that we don’t use this system anymore because it’s more complicated in reaching an agreement in making decisions?

Agasatya
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Agasatya

Hence the sentence of “we need to determine what democracy we are talking about”. In Indonesia democracy has established for 19 years. Moreover, lots of Indonesians express their ideas, thoughts in politics in unethical ways. So I call democracy in Indonesia as “Democrazy”.

Mike Simonori
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Mike Simonori

to me Democracy exists to embrace equal right in every sectors including politics and social , but the thing is, the world direction is still holds by the so called the first nation which means there is a little space for third nations to decide the future of the world. However it seems not fair to me, imagine how African struggle to survive from hunger but there is a little amount of help from the first nation that still believe and hold with democracy until today.

Bips
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Bips

What i’ve read from studies about democracy, international democracy should democratised United Nation to reducing the power of the leading Countries. But my concern is do the Third Nations is ready to “roll”?

PiT
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PiT

I think the bigger Ego humans have, the little chance Democracy will survive.

Positivity!
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Positivity!

Yeah PiT…

I like the explanation about ourself on Sacred Bridge’s site:

“Humans have traveled the time for millions of years; our long past has given us countless lessons, and yet we are still unable to defeat our worst nemesis: ourselves.”
– Sacred Bridge Foundation –

http://www.sacredbridge.org/the-bridge/vision/

Kasep Taqbir
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Kasep Taqbir

i just realize that democracy word derived from two Greeks word, there are Demos (people) and Kratos (Rules). but the fact the majority are still oppressing the minority. How do we measure democracy if the minority’s voices can not be heard by leader. Is democracy still same like the absolutism of Aristocrat?

Alan B
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Alan B

I am sure that everyone has been a minority, and also has been a majority in different occasions.

I’m a minority too, and here’s my voice..Long live Democracy!

iqbal
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iqbal

I think the election rights for a democracy country in here is useless now, dominated by certain groups and the magnitude of political power that makes the loss of democracy in this nation. Plus, religion issues that was put into this. I think I’m living in a country that’s lack in democracy now.

Faruk
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Faruk

Iqbal, where do you live? I live in Indonesia, and the governmental election is getting better and better. We’ve freedom to choose our own representatives!

Bips
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Bips

Hmm. It’s hard to tell.. but i agree with Iqbal. Equality and Freedom are two things that enrich each other. I think, freedom without equality is dangerous. Majority suppress minority are things that often we’ve seen in Indonesia, we still cannot comprehends equality. Minorities what i mean here are more than just a number of people; it stretches to ethnic, religion even individual ideas.
My point is freedom in Indonesia is getting better is true, but what about equality?

Bips
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Bips

It’s hard to tell (i mean it’s hard to admit), but i feel that democracy is too ideal for us, at the bottom of our heart we’re not ready yet. Can/will we comprehend the idea to live together? If we answer no, maybe democracy isn’t relevant anymore…

Positivity!
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Positivity!

Hi Bips… What do you mean with “democracy is too ideal for us”? Is it government by the people? We’ve been living together on earth for more than one million years

Bips
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Bips

Thank for the reply Positivity!

It’s true we’ve been living together for a long time, but the reality today is far from what history and science proved… I mean, wether living together to kill each other or living together to live side by side is our choice, right?

Aryo
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Aryo

It’s hard to believe that democracy still remains at the center right now, when in fact it is only practiced by a few. According to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2016 Democracy Index, only 19 out of 167 nations that are practicing full democracy—or reach the highest democracy index score. That’s only 11,3%! Even if we look further in all categories, total percentage of nations categorized as full- and flawed democracy is no more than 46%, while the other 54% are categorized as hybrid- and authoritarian regime. However, there is an interesting ‘symmetry’ between democracy, peace, and (cultural) diversity, which some… Read more »

Pattra
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Pattra

Yeah… But almost everyone tend to do things in the name of democracy, even Kim Jong-Il with his Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.