Tuesday, 3 February 2009

The Ingredients of Democracy

Majorities sometimes get it wrong! So, what does democracy need so that we get it right? The important ingredients of a working democracy include:
  1. freedom of speech
  2. freedom from intimidation and cohersion
  3. literacy
  4. debate and opposition
  5. information distribution through diverse media
  6. systems to protect factual "truth" and dismiss "lies"
  7. mechanisms to collect evidence
  8. intelligent and skilled political leadership
  9. the motivation to get involved

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