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Is representative democracy better than direct democracy?

  • Yes it is

    Back in ancient Athens, Greece, they used pure(direct) democracy. Although the idea seems great of citizens having the ability to vote for every government matter, the problem is that not EVERYONE was allowed to participate. Slaves were prohibited to vote as well as women and the only men allowed to vote were the ones that were in the upper classes. This caused issues such as the poorer people of the city not being able to have a say in what goes on in government. For example, when the upper classmen voted on increasing taxes, the poor people went into debt because they couldn't pay the amount that was expected or in this case voted upon. Then another problem arose because not only were they being taxed to much but they also didn't have a voice to complain or speak out because they weren't allowed to vote or exert their opinion. There are problems that occur like this in modern times when it comes to direct democracy. That is, the richer or more powerful people are going to have a stronger say in what goes on in the country and even depending on the percentage of upper vs. Lower class citizens. We may or may not realize but America technically a representative democracy. Each state has its representative and well, represents their own state. Imagine if it was a direct democracy and everyone had to vote. Take for example gun laws. Certain states need guns because the whole foundation of their economy runs on hunting. Well in rhode island, I doubt they need that many guns so they might vote to remove the guns. This would create a problem because one party would benefit and the other would suffer.

  • I believe that a representative democracy is more ideal

    Representative democracy eliminates this difficulty by operating on a much smaller scale the majority of the time. Also, the complexity of many political issues would make some of them difficult for the average voter to understand. Political issues can be exceptionally complicated and take MPs a lot of time and consultation with experts to fully understand themselves, before they can be considered informed enough to vote. Educating the whole electorate on such issues would be exceptionally difficult for a number of reasons, and if an uninformed electorate were to vote on issues the results could be incredibly damaging.

  • Representative democracy is better suited to dealing with a large electorate.

    Representative democracy eliminates this difficulty by operating on a much smaller scale the majority of the time. Also, the complexity of many political issues would make some of them difficult for the average voter to understand. Political issues can be exceptionally complicated and take MPs a lot of time and consultation with experts to fully understand themselves, before they can be considered informed enough to vote. Educating the whole electorate on such issues would be exceptionally difficult for a number of reasons, and if an uninformed electorate were to vote on issues the results could be incredibly damaging.

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  • Yes, I agree.

    Yes, representative democracy is better than direct democracy, because we don't have the time to all be in a direct democracy. It would take way too much time for all of us to debate every single issue. It would also be expensive to vote on every single issue. Representative is the only thing that will work.

  • Representative democracy better than direct democracy

    Those are definitely valid arguments against direct democracy, but I
    think a direct democracy could work on a smaller scale and assigns the group members to larger groups separated by geographic or some other dividing criteria. However there
    are still problems with that. I just wish the power could remain with
    the people and not just a selected few.

  • We don't have time.

    Yes, representative democracy is better than direct democracy, because we don't have the time to all be in a direct democracy. It would take way too much time for all of us to debate every single issue. It would also be expensive to vote on every single issue. Representative is the only thing that will work.

  • Yes, it is.

    I think the United States has shown that a representative constitutional democratic Republic is the finest way to run your country. Of course, it could be corrupted like ours was during the Bush administration, but I do believe it is the best form of government in the world and will remain so.

  • Direct democracy is better because representative democracies dont represent the people.

    In the United States, over 90% of congressional elections are won by the candidates that raise more money. Because of this, representatives represent the top 10% of earners, because they give the most money. With the internet, it would be easier than ever to implement a direct democracy, and actually represent the US population..

  • We need Direct Democracy.

    We have something amazing called the internet. Which means that we can have 300 million people vote on issues effortlessly, just by a click of a button. Also, you can exactly bribe 300 million people because that would cost a hell of a lot of money and be exposed easily.

    Concerned of hacking. We have a new technology called quantum cryptography. It guarantees by the laws of physics that you will know if a hacker intercepts your data and protects it from them too. Also try ip level 6, so we know who the hacker actually is.

  • Time For the Direct Democracy

    It is easy for "global elite" to somehow target and influence the "elected people" and turn them into a tool for their commercial projects. Most of the time, the senators or the representatives do not represent the best interest of the "people" but the best interest of those multinational corporations. With the help of internet technology, it should be much easier for people to participate in the lawmaking process, which in return will create equality, opportunities, balance, justice and freedom for everyone

  • No, it is worse.

    All that representative democracy has gotten us is a congress filled with people who think they know better than everyone else, can skim off funds for themselves and pet projects, and who have time on their hands to be involved in scandals. A direct one person with one vote system would be better.

  • Representative democracy is often not very representative.

    Representative democracy is often not representative of the wishes of the people at all. Although elected by the people, representatives often ignore the voters once the election is over. Once in power, they tend to form an elite that is aloof and distant, and easily manipulated by special interests. Direct democracy on the other hand directly reflects the will of the people. Thus direct democracy is preferable to representative democracy.


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