What is wrong with democracy today?

February 27, 2013 was the week 7 and from this week we learned about the democracy and Dr Hamid gave the lecture. There have five systems of governance, which are, monarchy, oligarchy, dictatorship, theocracy and democracy. Nevertheless, this week we are not learning about all the system, we only learned about the democracy. The word of democracy comes from the Greek term that is ‘demos’ meaning people and ‘kratos’ meaning rule.  According to Dictionary.com, democracy is government by the people. A form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agent under a free electoral system.

There have some basic elements of democracy that taught by Dr Hamid, which are, democracy are a political system for choosing and replacing the government through free and fair election, protection of human right of all citizens, a rule of law, in which, the laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens and multiply election, representative government and freedom to speak. From this democracy’s basic elements, I got some idea about the democracy that is democracy is the citizens have the right to voice their opinion and they have their freedom to elect their own dictator. In addition, from that, I can say that democracy is to protect human right also the country itself. Furthermore, we learned about the political system of competition for power. This is about how the leader will bear the responsibility as a leader. As our lecturer taught us, people choose their leader and their leader accountable for their policies and their conduct, based on the consent of the governed. Besides that, political system of competition for power, it is like those who want to be a president or prime minister have to compete to attract the trust of the citizens and those who get the most voters from citizen will be president in a country.

Moreover, we learned about the philosophical and intellectual foundation of democracy, but to be honest I do not understand about that maybe because this is my first time heard about this. However, this is about the overview of democracy in philosophical aspect. Besides, modernity is a process resulting in a paradigm shift. Based on my understanding is democracy can make particular country become modernity and because of modernity the country resulting paradigm shift. In addition, because of democracy also a particular country grows successfully. Actually, there has something else that has taught in lecture but unfortunately I do not understand and do not how to reflect on that.

Furthermore, we did some activity in lecture, which is we have to answer the questions. The first question is what is wrong with democracy today? To answer this question, I am personally, thought that democracy is a good in order to make a particular country become or keep peace in their country. Besides, with democracy also good because the citizens have the right to choose the dictator and have freedom to do whatever but not break the rules of the country compare with the country that control by military. However, the wrong or the disadvantage with our democracy today is they misuse the democracy. It is like, they think their country is democratic then they think they can do whatever they want.

During the tutorial, we did not learn anything because during that time we need to form a group for panel discussion and after form a group we need to find the topic for our panel discussion. In addition, my group decided the topics of the panel discussion, which is a democracy or democrazy and we need to make a drama. It was interesting but I am shy to act and I cannot refuse it because this is my duty and my responsibility for it.


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