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Is democracy, as is so often assumed, really the best form of government?

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Started: 4/1/2009 Category: Politics
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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PGdebateQUEEN

Con

Modern democracy ( as opposed to classical, Athenian democracy ) is a facade. ‘True' democracy can only be practised on a very small scale. In Britain for example, whilst people may vote every five years, they have no input into decision beyond this. This is the desirable state of things, but it is not democracy. Our current state of government would be far more effective if it abandoned its pretences at representativity. Real, effective leadership must come from above and not from below. The people as a mass are capable of being manipulated, and are unlikely to possess skills or training in confronting problems a state might face. As such, expecting them to elect the ‘best tools for the job' is unrealistic. Government from above can see, by virtue of its position and advantages, what is better for the people than the people can. For example, the abolition of the death penalty was at first deeply unpopular with the British public when it was pushed through by the government, but is now broadly supported as correct and humane.
Epicurus

Pro

I will start by making my argument then move to rebutting my opponent's. What makes Democracy, as often assumed, the best government is it's inability to succumb to tyranny. Democracy, in a modern sense, is a method of keeping the government small by allowing the citizens a say in who is leading. With democracy's system of elections, along with checks and balances, there is no possible way for it to succumb to a tyrant. With other systems of government, the citizen is not given a say on who is leading and the leader is able to rule indefinitely, thus creating the possibility of a "slippery slope" to said leader becoming a tyrant, and said government becoming totalitarian.
Now to the con's argument. The opponent first stated that the leadership in democracy is coming from the citizens. This statement is a fallacy because the citizens are simply electing the leader, and it is the leader and it's constituents who do the job of leading. Also, the opponent stated that the citizens are too incompetent to elect a suitable leader. This, again, is a fallacy. The voters are not incompetent because they are educated on the political ideology of who they are electing during the leader's campaign. The idea is for the voter to be able to make a conscious decision based on what leader's ideology suits him best. To state that the government knows best for his citizens is to endorse a complete encroachment on the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and property of the citizens. As it is human nature to hold yourself first and foremost before others, it becomes very apparent that to limit the population's ability to decide "who is in charge", so to speak, is to ensure the exploitation and oppression of the people.
Debate Round No. 1
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Epicurus

Pro

The opponent has failed to provide a sufficient rebuttal thus I urge a pro vote
Debate Round No. 2
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Con

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Epicurus

Pro

The opponent, again, has failed to provide a rebuttal. Thus, it is only logical that you vote pro.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by wjmelements 8 years ago
wjmelements
"The only problem with democracy is that it seems to lead to socialism"
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