Politicians and major media constantly tell us that oppressed peoples crave “democracy,”
and that only a democratic world will be free and peaceful. Now President Bush has launched a campaign to bring “freedom and democracy” to the world.
But freedom and democracy is the same importance thing so that we have to consider the meaning of three key political concepts that will give us necessary information about,
Democracy: that form of government in which sovereign power resides in the people as a whole, and is exercised either directly by them or by officers elected by them.
Collectivism: a politico-economic system in which the means of production and the distribution of goods and services are controlled by the collective, that is, the society or state considered as a group.
Individualism: The social theory which advocates the free and independent action of the individual, as opposed to collectivist methods of organization and state interference.
In fact, democracy is much closer to collectivism than it is to individualism. Like collectivism, democracy places essential political power with the group, rather than with the individual – thus making everyone’s freedom subject to the passions of the mob or those with the most power.
Throughout the world, democracy is as often a cover for tyranny as it is a protection for liberty. Many countries call themselves “democracies” and have regular elections, yet systematically oppress their own people.
Many countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America also now have multi-party democracies – but little freedom. Vote fraud is massive; opposition candidates are often beaten or murdered by government thugs and small elite controls all power. Citizens have little freedom, but lots of poverty.
Democracy is a method of deciding who shall rule. It does not determine the morality of the resulting government. At best, democracy means that government has popular support. But popular support is no guarantee that government will protect your freedom.
In a democracy, if most voters support freedom of speech, press, religion, association and enterprise, their elected government will probably respect such freedoms.
Your substantive rights include your right to: (1) life, (2) freedom of speech and press, (3) freedom to travel, (4) freedom of religion, (5) freedom to educate your children as you see fit, (6) right to own and run your own business.