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Democracy – the good and bad sides

This week was more interesting and debatable than other weeks because the topics were very delicate and two edged!

We discussed about: Monarchy, Oligarchy, Dictatorship, Theocracy, but we focused more on Democracy, its positive sides and negative ones as well. In my opinion, democracy is a form of government in which people rule. So, people who live in a democratic country are the ones that actually make the rules. Everyone can speak up, raise their voice, needs, media has the freedom of speech too. So, it’s like everyone does whatever he/she feels like doing and nobody prohibits them from doing it. The citizens may engage in public protest if they disagree or wish to change a particular part of their government.  In democracy the three branches of government (executive, legislative, and judicial) are balanced so that one of them may not have supreme power over the others.

Few of the many disadvantages of a democratic government are; First, it takes a lot of time for things to be done since many people have to agree for it, the style of government on its own makes the people look out for their own interest, and not for the country’s interest. The other thing is that even though the majority decides the things it does not mean that they are always right. Public opinion is often not taken into consideration and thus the public may do things which are not in the country’s best interest. Influence play another important role, and only those who have better communication tools have more influence, and media campaigns can influence the population’s opinions.

So, as all the other government forms in the world, democracy too has good and bad sides. It’s difficult to make changes or bring it down because it is not in our best interest. In my opinion, even though the democracy might not be good, at least it’s ‘’the best’’ from other government forms.

Student: Butrint Bozalija

ID No. 209110188

Subject: Current Affairs

Week: 7

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