Responsibility or Democracy….?

I was reading a post the other day that discussed the political goings-on in Thailand. This particular blogger had made an interesting point in saying the students and activists involved in the protests had usurped a democratically elected government through the use of force.

The question that crossed my mind was, is this true? The right of the majority to elect a government of their choice is one of the very pillars of democracy right? Then I guess the answer to my questions would be, yes, the students and other activists have definitely done something wrong and gone against all accepted norms of democracy.

But, what happens when the democratically elected government of a particualr country is making a total mess of things and the outcome is a future that’s both economic and social ruin?

Well, I’m sure most people’s answer would be that the masses would vote them out of power and re-elect a suitable government. I guess that answer could work. But, what if the government is exploiting the nationalistic fervor of the majority and also abusing the fact that the majority does not see the bigger picture, on a global economic scale?

As kids we’ve all been taught, that if we see something wrong being done, we should stand up and do whatever we can to stop it right? After all, someone who’s doing something wrong, shouldn’t be allowed to carry on doing it with impunity right?

Unfortunately, this doesnt seem to happen when it comes to certain politicians and heads of state. We all see what’s being done, we know it’s wrong, but we just shrug our shoulders and carry on. In doing so, are we not also shrugging off the responsibility of being true citizens of our country?

So, what do we do….?

Do we sit back and claim that no matter what happens, no one has the right to evict a government that has been democratically elected by the majority…?

Or

Do we accept there are certain instances in which the more knowledgeable citizens of a country have to stand up for what is right for the future of their country, even if in doing so they are throwing away the democratic rights of the majority…?

Would like to know what others have to say on this…

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3 Responses to “Responsibility or Democracy….?”

  1. DD Says:

    Machan to be honest SL required a dictator style governance for quite some time. Which is what we have now. But seriously the LTTE have to be conquered to properly deal with the grievances of minorities. Some fair, others politically created.
    It’s seriously bad all over the world, so the question to be asked is are we really in that bad of a state? The US and UK the are at the point of collapse, though no one directly admits it. Don’t forget financial chaos in rich democracies create huge problems. And they have not planned for the social chaos that will soon accompany it.
    Nepotism aside this government is fighting the all important war, and as we make progress, the masses will support this initiative. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
    Be patient, you will see many changes from September 2009, honest.
    The ex-Thai PM stole enough to buy Manchester City Football Club. That is mind boggling! I don’t think even Chandrika stole that kind of money from the government of Sri Lanka, though she did come close.
    I can honestly tell you that the government has a plan and has thought this through.
    You take care and enjoy the season. Please be patient.
    And yes, I love you also! 🙂

  2. DD Says:

    Tagged you!

  3. Human Says:

    OK as you said “Do we sit back and claim that no matter what happens,”
    OR “Do we accept there are certain instances in which the more knowledgeable citizens of a country have to stand up for what is right for the future of their country”

    Sitting and doing nothing while a country is destroyed is really bad. But the second option is also very tricky. Of course “there are certain instances” where “more knowledgeable citizens” should do what is “right “. The trouble is who defines those “certain instances” and who can call themselves “more knowledgeable citizens” and who has the right to define “what is right”? Almost everyone will scream “Me!” And it becomes a free for all! Democracy may be bad. But any alternative seems even worse to me.

    I think your words “what if the government is exploiting the nationalistic fervor of the majority and also abusing the fact that the majority does not see the bigger picture, on a global economic scale?” contain the clue for a possible solution. The government is simply taking advantage of people’s ignorance. We must educate our people! Smarter, better informed people are harder to fool. They will be better equipped to see the “bigger picture” and they are less likely to fall for stupid nationalistic rubbish. We need our own ‘Michael Moore’s to educate our people.

    I know it is not easy. But are there any better options? I don’t think so.

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