The problem with democracy

Ever since childhood I thought the concept of democracy was flawed. How could such a diverse group of people elect another group that suppose to run the country. It didn’t make any sense. People change when they are in a position of leadership (another dreadful word). When people win a game they feel great. Being in the constant game-winning mood for 4 years gives the idea it is about you and your winning capabilities. That is how I see it and how I saw it in less sophisticated forms back then.

Of course I understand the complexities and idiosyncrasies of a government. There is theĀ  level of civil servants that do not rotate and have their own opinions and ways of doing. There are the lobbyists and blackmails and threats. There is the international politics and the party politics. The list seems endless. But this morning in Bonnie Faulkner’s interview with Andrei Raevsky aka the Saker, Andrei Reavsky said something so well I need to write it out and admire it for a while:

“Usually we are taught the democracy is a system which protects minorities against majorities. But in reality that is the biggest failure of democracy. Because what happens is that minorities end up oppressing majorities. Because minorities are not more clever or you know more intelligent. But they are far more driven. Usually they are single topic voters and actors and their agenda is very narrow and they are driven by it very powerfully. Whereas the majority are usually much more diverse and they look at a broad range of issues. They don’t identify themselves by a single political agenda.”

This quote is found starting at 19:19