Why is democracy expensive



Democracy in Germany

-All power of the state comes from the people
- Elected parliament as a representative representative of the people
-Freedom of speech
-Respect for human rights
- Rule of the people
-all citizens have the same rights and obligations
-Germany has been a democratic state since 1949

Why do you need a ruler and rules? Why can't democracy forego rule?

A: Because without rule our life would become chaotic. Rule in a democracy is necessary. Without rule, people would allow themselves anything. Without rule (no ruler) everything would not be regulated. Like in France, for example. A few days before the presidential election in France, road users will no longer be checked. And since she ceases her "rule" in this way (for 2 days), chaos lurks everywhere and the freedoms are exploited. Without some rule, the democratic system would collapse.

Democracy is expensive, cumbersome and boring, ineffective, not attractive.

Criticism of Democracy:
-Democracy is an expensive business
(In Germany there is the Bundestag and 16 parliaments in the federal states. In these parliaments there are 2500 members. You need a number of buildings and administrations with many employees. Plus the expensive governments in the federal government and in the states with their ministries and huge administrative apparatus.
-How is democracy supposed to be attractive when it costs so much money, when it is cumbersome and when the results are quite meager and incomprehensible?

Is dictatorship an alternative ?:
- cheaper
-Dictator doesn't need parliaments
- can decide very quickly, many reforms can be implemented in a short time
-This positive view can change quickly when decisions are made that you do not like. And one shouldn't even scold the ruler out of fear.
-Miss treatment by minorities and the threat of war (!!!) - (we have to ensure that such a black chapter in German history does not happen again! Did WE not have had bad experiences in history? That should be enough forever! )

Nevertheless, democracy serves a great purpose:
-It ensures freedom for the citizens
-there is an opposition, so that all processes in the country are adequately examined, criticized and controlled.
-Federalism

Even if democracy has some weaknesses in our eyes, after all experience there is nothing that guarantees people's freedom in a similarly effective manner and prevents the abuse of power.

Living in a democracy - example
free states:
-free elections
- competing parties
- Freedom of expression, freedom of the press, freedom of belief
-independent jurisdiction
-Government bound by law

partially free states:
-a democratically elected parliament, but no completely independent press
(there are currently 58 partially free states)

unfree states:
-Governments did not come to power through free elections
-no freedom of expression and no freedom of the press
- Disregard of basic human rights
Persecution -> politically dissenters
- Use of torture with government approval (there are currently 47 non-free countries)



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