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Is our democratic system out-dated and in dire need of reform to fit the 21st century?

In our modern society citizens of democratic countries have received a powerful voice to oppose or push their own political ideals. Whilst democracy works on a majority system it is often questionable whose majority the system is favouring. In Australia the vast majority of citizens are in agreement and see no problem with gay marriage, according to the latest polls. The decision to change current legislation is solely in the control of the government. In a democratic system it would seem that the government should change the legislation to represent the view held by the majority of Australians, however, the beliefs and values of individual government officials are what ultimately decide the outcome that being against. It seems a failure in democracy when the public isn't represented by their government in that the political values do not reflect national ones. The other face of this coin is in common sense reform/policy where what is best for the country is prevented by opinion polls and political agenda rather than national interest.

Some believe that the current democratic system was most effective when people lacked the knowledge to make political decisions in their best interest and were represented by someone who did. The accessibility of the internet and widespread accumulations of knowledge has made individuals more aware and in a better position to make their views well known but often to fall upon deaf ears. The 'big brother' watching the government through media and the internet also seems to have created a system where the government is scrutinised at every turn and in some cases the risk of losing an election is more important than changing bad election promises or making unpopular but necessary policies.

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  • Apr 30 2013: I think a democratic system would be a great idea. For now, we are stuck with Oligarchies ruling over a highly distracted, highly entertained, and highly medicated public.

    How does one reform a democratic system that is not democratic?

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