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Friday, December 09, 2005

Democracy

What happens when a group runs in a democratic election with the sole purpose of getting rid of the democracy? Should they be allowed to run? To not allow them to run would result in the democratic process itself being damaged, yet if they run and win the process will cease to exist. Therefore they can not held accountable for what they do in office.

Two examples I will give of this. One is Islamic fundamentalist parties that believe that democracy is evil and therefore wish to rid their countries of democracy. One place where they managed to get elected was in Algeria, although they never took control as the army took over in a coup and in itself destoryed the democracy. Another case is the Young Liberals running in Student Union elections. They wish to impleament VSU and therefore no longer have student unions. They likewise would then not be accountable for their actions.

1 Comments:

  • At 2:01 pm, December 09, 2005, Blogger Potentially Ash said…

    I think this is called a catch 22.

    Prahaps a bill of rights protecting the democratic process, or just give up on democracy full stop. Iran is an interesting example. an islamic republic that acknowledges "a small amount of democratic freedom" is helpful for maintaining social stability, hence the directed presidential elections earlier this year.

     

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