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What is the optimum way to run our democracies?

What is the best way to run a country? Democracy is the best we've come up with so far but what would the best system of governance look like? The people should be able to get involved as much as they choose to?

In the UK, we have elections when the Prime Minister sees fit and when we do, we're asked the complicated question of who do we want to represent us locally, who do we want to form the government and who should the PM be and when we go to the ballot box we're only allowed to put one cross in a box. Is that info useful to anyone?

In the US, there are supposedly too many elections and referenda so people don't turn out to vote so is that just as bad as not asking enough questions?

What is the best way of laying out elections? Or should we do away with heirarchical politics and replace it with something else and what would that be?

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    Jul 21 2011: actually, democracy is the best way to control the rulers, not to run a country. the best way to run a country is freedom, that is, the limited role, or complete lack of, rulers.
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    Jul 22 2011: Continually reinforce it with the principles of freedom, justice and truth. Expound it wih our digital infrasctructures. http://bit.ly/SolutionStrategies
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    Jul 21 2011: If only there were an answer. "You can't please all the people all the time"
    However, some countries seem to do it better than others... A friend of mine from Denmark seems quite happy, although apparently things could be changing for the worse soon.