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Democracy - The most inefficient type of government?

I look at general masses of people, what they do, how they think, how easily they are manipulated, and how clueless they can be. I often wonder how people can be so ignorant! And this got me to think "if the masses are so ignorant and so easy to manipulate, why do they select our leaders?" Well this brought me to another point, is democracy really an efficient form of government if its people are ignorant?

We are prisoners of democracy. If you are on the opposing view of the masses and unable to convince the needed majority, then you effectively have no say, even if you are correct.

This wouldn't be a problem except that it seems that people, now more than ever, are suckers of propaganda, rumors, and biased news. If the masses don't understand what they are voting for and are so easily swayed, how can we still consider democracy a superior system of government?

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    Dec 24 2012: No

    The U.S. is a Republic not a democracy.

    The most efficient form of government would be a monarchy.
    • Dec 24 2012: Yes, but, I never said the US was a democracy and I was referring to democracy as a whole. Of course the problems with monarchy are that one persons judgement completely rules over everyone and they could easily be incorrect or make a bad decision with no one to stop them.

      Also, "absolute power corrupts absolutely" and it is my personal belief that, generally, over time, governments ruled by one person become less an less efficient and power until a new change of leadership.
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        Dec 24 2012: Duly noted and I don't disagree. And the current crop of constituents are crap.
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        Dec 24 2012: Isn't your problem with democracy that one person's desires can be swallowed-up by the masses? How then can you deny the monarchy, or dictatorship which absolutely, and utterly resolve that problem?
        • Dec 24 2012: No, my problem with democracy is that 49.9% of people could be ignored even if they are right. I am saying, in general, people are too easily manipulated and decided by propaganda and media. So, if a small group of people knew exactly what was best for the country but weren't able to convince the majority, then they don't get to do anything about it!

          I don't believe I stated that monarchy or dictatorship were any better than democracies soling this problem. I was more referring to how people consider democracy sucks. Great system when in fact there seem to be a few flaws in it. However, I and other have yet to come up with a better solution.

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