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  1. Introduction
  2. Democracy in North America
  3. The main shortcomings of democracy
    1. It provides no role for the citizens at a local level
    2. Democracy divides between those in government and the rest of society
    3. The scale or ratio of citizens in correlation with the few decision makers
    4. It's divided between the politicians and the people
  4. The solution for effective democracy
  5. Conclusion
  6. Bibliography

Most people in North America revel in the fact that they live in countries that are ruled by the best type of political system available: democracy. People who advocate for the use of democracy will argue that all of the other systems are flawed and democracy is the best choice in terms of political system. One only need look to the history of the past few centuries to see the pain and suffering that has been caused by other forms of political systems. In this way then, democracy is a comparatively good political system. Those of us in Canada and the United States (and elsewhere were democracy takes place) understand that we could all have it much worse. However, few of us that live in democratic system understand the shortcomings of democracy, and the ways in which it desperately needs to be improved. There have been many shortcomings of democracy thus far that have been hard to address, including the bond political class and the citizen base, and it is unlikely that these problems will ever be improved on as they have become too entrenched in our system.

[...] The government at the time, which was comprised of a handful of privileged people with their own special interests, devised a story that they would then to the American public and the rest of the world which would give legitimacy to their plans of invading Iraq. Therefore this poll that the American government used as a way of justifying their actions was not democracy; it was just a by- product of the failed democracy that this essay is speaking of. [...]


[...] The ideals of democracy are based on the idea of everyone having an equal say, but this is no longer the case as the divide between the political class and the citizen base has grown alarmingly large, thus highlighting the shortcomings of democracy as a political system. There are many people that have raised these concerns, but the problem is that a real solution is hard to come up with. It is not to say that a solution is not possible, but the current balance of power sits with the privileged, and they are not about to give it up to the masses (as would be required in a true democratic system), and this is why a solution will likely continue to elude our society. [...]


[...] Democracy as we know it today is not about the masses, it is about special interests and the decision making of the few, under the guise of decision making by the whole.[2] This has changed though, as we now have the technological means to more easily include the masses in the democratic process. We live in a society that has a non-stop news cycle, and can be connected with each other through the click of a computer, but while technology is improving, our representation is becoming more distant and the masses are becoming even more disconnected with the democratic process. [...]

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