Dictators and Democracy

Interesting post form Raw Fiji Rubbish on the definition of a dictator. Stange it has taken them so long to look it up on the web. I was reading this and through, wow, that also sound a lot like Qarase!

From Raw Rubbish

we got this definition from Wikipedia: (editors note: We are surprised they can even spell Wikipedia)

“Dictatorships are often characterized by some of the following traits: suspension of elections and of civil liberties; proclamation of a state of emergency; rule by decree; repression of political opponents without abiding by rule of law procedures; these include single-party state, and cult of personality

Lets have a look at the meaning of democracy from Wikipedia. Doesn’t this sound a lot like where the SDL party were taking us, and we called that Democracy!

There are several varieties of democracy, some of which provide better representation and more freedoms for their citizens than others. However, if any democracy is not carefully legislated to avoid an uneven distribution of political power with balances, such as the separation of powers, then a branch of the system of rule could accumulate power and become harmful to the democracy itself.

The ‘Majority Rule’ is often described as a characteristic feature of democracy, but without responsible government it is possible for the rights of the minority to be abused by the ” tyranny of the majority’ An essential process in representative democracies are competitive elections, that are fair both substantively and procedurally Furthermore, freedom of political expression, freedom of speech and freedom of the press are essential so that citizens are informed and able to vote in their personal interests.


One response to “Dictators and Democracy

  1. “Democracy is not Completed; Dictatorship Still Exists”

    “Suspension of elections; rule by decree, repression of political opponents without abiding by rule of law procedures” It’s the ugly truth of Thai politics right now!

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