Thoughts on Democracy

After the incident in Ottawa yesterday the three weeks of protest in Hong Kong, here are my thoughts on democracy.

  • There is a real cost to democracy. People lost their lives it so that others will gain from it.
  • People live under democracy system take it for granted. Most people live under authoritarian or totalitarian governments yearn for it.
  • The ruling class of the established authoritarian government usually labelled democracy as “foreign influence”, “against our cultural values”, “not compatible with our religious beliefs”, “lead to chaos”…
  • The ruling class gains benefit from a totalitarian government. The underclass is enslaved by the ruling class (sometimes without knowing it).
  • Totalitarian governments want their citizens to be uninformed. They will try to censor any news outlet. Democratic systems allow opposite views, even though it may damage its own existence.
  • Democratic systems try to limit the use of force. Force is the mean to an end for totalitarian governments.
  • Violence is always bad, just look at any jihadists who kill or the police who used brutal force to suppress the protesters. “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” – Matthew 10:28
  • The path leads to democracy is messy. The path the totalitarian government tread will lead to destruction.
  • Jesus or Paul might never preach on democracy, but they definitely spoke on freedom. (Just read Galatians)
  • Democracy is not the panacea, but it is much better than the alternative.

The message of Christ is subversive in his era. Jesus was anti-establishment since the very beginning of his ministry. The Christian faith started out as an opposition to the Jewish religious establishment (grace vs. law) and the Roman establishment (Caesar is Lord vs. Jesus is Lord). No communist or totalitarian government is ever friendly to the Christian faith. Faith other than worshiping the supreme leader or party is regarded as treason in an authoritarian government. If the people, especially Christians do not speak up against injustice, corruption, and abuse of power while they still have a chance, they are in fact siding with the evil system which Jesus, Paul and Peter were fighting against. Being a disciple of Christ carries a cost. Some Christians are so busy to “do God’s work” inside church walls. They do not see a bigger picture of bringing justice to the society. Prosperity and stability become their God. Pleasing the earthly power to gain earthly status should not be a Christian attitude.

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2 responses to “Thoughts on Democracy

  • novaspire

    I don’t believe democracy is the best form of government. Indeed, there are better systems than totalitarian or authoritarian.

    But it has been argued from even the likes of the great philosopher Plato, in The Republic. (http://novaspire.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/how-to-corrupt-the-youth-using-philosophy/)

    It is often cited that democracy revels into a kind of Tyrannical system. All political systems can be interpreted as cyclical. I don’t believe it is just Totalitarian governments that want to keep citizens uninformed that could be found in any system, including democratic. A problem I see with democracy is you only have so many options.

    Today, there’s a Neo-Reactionary movement that are emerging due to the holes and implications found in democracy, and all it’s implications such as equality, diversity and other systems.

    People are trying to work around more ideal systems today, it is highly idyllic but the debate is highly significant and substantial. There are more alternatives but they will take a long time to implement and take their course.

    “Where there is equality there cannot be freedom: what exists is not pure freedom, but rather the many individual, domesticated, and mechanized freedoms, in a state of reciprocal limitation. Paradoxically, that kind of freedom could approximately be realized in the system that is most opposite to liberal preferences: namely, in the system in which the social question is resolved in such a way as to guarantee certain privileges for a small group, at the cost of the total subjugation of everybody else. If carried to its extreme consequences, the figure of a tyrant would then be the most perfect concretization of this concept or ideal of formless freedom.” – Julius Evola

    Democracy is like a dumbing down, a lowering of the threshold for the total populous.

    Just my 2 cents.

    • dragonfinger

      I don’t believe democracy is the best form of government. Indeed, there are better systems than totalitarian or authoritarian.

      It may not be the best form of government. After six thousand years of human experimentation, it is by far the best we have experienced. Democracy is not an end by itself. We can now discuss this issue (or any issues) on a platform like a blog site is a result of a democratic system. It is the freedom of choice, speech, thoughts, beliefs…

      A problem I see with democracy is you only have so many options.

      It is a lot better than no option. In Canada. one can change their faith from an atheist to Catholic to Protestant to Buddhist to Muslim and back to atheist with fear of being jailed. Can’t say that in some countries.

      …due to the holes and implications found in democracy, and all it’s implications such as equality, diversity and other systems.

      I rather due with equality, diversity and other problems than the alternatives.

      Democracy is like a dumbing down, a lowering of the threshold for the total populous

      Democratic societies come with obligations. The group must seek to benefit the whole, not just he majority. Thanks for your comment.

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