Some good responses, some are clearly of low standard thinking
I never ever said democracy was worth striving for, I implied that we - the people - do not rule at all. My personal opinion is that Oligarchy is the best alternative. BUT, only people who are active members of a party should be able to vote, though. There should be expectations on the voters, too... The representatives and political parties should also be unable to receive any form of donations or use private money for their campaigns in order to moderate or completely remove the influence from corporations.
I don't know about you guys, but I have recently begun to develop a fascination for the Chinese model of Government.
People have what they need and they are striving in the same direction, but there is no hypocrisy about who is in charge.
Can you deny that their standard of living is skyrocketing?
Can you deny that they are horribly successful?
Can't you see that they will be the dominating superpower within a few decades?
I think it says a lot, even though I have my doubts about some of the things that they are doing... There is not an illusion of freedom, but it is more stable unless someone starts spreading "bad" (liberal, socialist etc) ideas during a time of crisis/starvation etc
Democracy means something along the line Rule of the people or Popular Government. The very term is wrong and should be changed to oligarchy, for in truth most "democracies" are governed by a small elite supported by or directly involved with various economic, religious etc interests. Election campaigns require money, so the guy with the most money can hire the best people to do a shitload of awesome campaign work... The best campaign (and I must admit, the most charismatic and clever staff) wins. But largely, that depends on money more than the actual candidate, especially in the United States. Not saying money is everything. I am actually surprised that Obama got elected. Also I am not saying it is not present everywhere to some extent. No country is "perfect", or even close to being so.
As some of you may know, the first rule of any politician is that people are sheep. They are easy to lead for anyone willing and able to manipulate them. The people does not and can not govern, they are only lead to believe that they are. Speaking of people being easy to lead, just look how easily I won the "mod nomination" thing by being nice to a bunch of people. Gotta admit I enjoyed it quite a bit But then again, I am a natural politician.
Definition of oligarchy, so that some of you do not misinterpret what the hell I am saying:
"An Oligarchy (Greek ?????????, Oligarkhía) is a form of government where power effectively rests with a small elite segment of society distinguished by royal, wealth, family, military or religious hegemony." - Oligarchy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia