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4.Problems within democracies

Before defining a democratic structure, the problems with current implementations need to be identified.

The problems with many democracies are that:

  1. a.Influential people and organisations can manipulate the political process to favour their re-election, but also limit opposition to them.
  2. b.Influential people and organisations can manipulate the political process to favour their re-election, but also limit opposition to them.
  3. c.The process is adversorial, principally because of the requirement for a subset of those elected to form the government, which is then given preference in controlling the bureacracy, while the rest are effectively sidelined from policy decisions.
  4. d.There are too many levels of government, with overlapping jurisdictions creating unnecessary duplication and opportunities for conflicts.
  5. e.Operations of democratic services, such as elections, have been put under political control, rather than independent government agencies, leading to gerrymandering and biased judicial appointments.
  6. f.Voting locally for federal candidates results in less time for their particular electorate as they focus more on national issues as they climb up the political ladder.

A lot of these issues come about because:

  1. a.Most countries boundaries are determined by the victors of wars, who have their own agenda in defining the boundaries.
  2. b.Governments have inherited levels and structures that want to persist.
  3. c.Many residents have been disenfranshised, or even slaves, so have not been involved in determining the laws that govern them.
  4. d.Growth of a worldwide ideology that puts money and wealth as more important than democracy, and so comprehensibly utilises all levels of governement and trans-government bodies to manipulate them to be less fair and responsive to the needs of their country's people.

Even prisoners should be able to vote, or be elected, as their incarceration may be as a result of laws that were biased against them. If the numbers in prison are too high, then there must be a problem with the political structure.


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