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Arguments against Democracy  

Many leaders have criticised Democracy and the Democratic process. The strongest criticism is that of allowing potentially millions of people to have equal voting powers on issues which they are ill-informed.

"The strongest argument against democracy is a five minute discussion with the average voter."

- Sir Winston Churchill

The second strongest criticism is that, democracies put a lot of power into the hands of the media. People are kept informed on issues by the media and thus the power of the media to swing voters is unparalleled. This effect can be seen by numerous election campaigns that are won or lost depending upon the stance of the mass media.

Now let us look at some of the other arguments against democracy.

  • Leaders keep changing in a democracy.
  • This leads to instability.
  • Democracy is all about political competition and power play.
  • There is no scope for morality.
  • Many people have to be consulted in a democracy that it leads to delays.
  • Elected leaders do not know what is the best for the people.
  • It leads to bad decisions.
  • Democracy leads to corruption for it is based on electoral competition.
  • Ordinary people don’t know what is good for them.
  • They should not decide anything.
  • It has not ended poverty in many countries.

Democracy as a form of government only ensures that people take their own decisions. This does not guarantee that their decisions are correct, for people can make mistakes and involving the people in decision making only delays the process.

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