Pure Democracy

Topics: Democracy, Direct democracy, Switzerland Pages: 4 (904 words) Published: August 7, 2010
In a time where all forms of government seem to fail, I can only think of one form of government that seems to be better off than the rest. It is Modern Direct Democracy. I choose Modern Direct Democracy because it truly gives the power back to the people. With Modern Direct Democracy people will not be subjected to follow the laws which only the politicians wanted, but instead will follow the laws which they have helped create or approved of. As Jean-Jacques Rousseau once said, "No act of theirs (government) can be a law unless it is ratified by the people in person; and without that ratification nothing is a law.” It is also a government that remains loyal to the spirit of democracy: For the People, By the People, and Of the People. A government made to serve and not to be served. But my favorite thing about this form of government is its oneness. How a decision and all its possible consequences are shouldered by all and not only by the government officials, or the representatives. Modern Direct Democracy is currently being practiced by countries like U.S.A, Canada and (most dominantly) Switzerland.

Direct democracy in its traditional form is "rule by the people through referenda". The people are given the right to pass laws, veto laws and withdraw support from a representative (if the system has representatives) at any time.

Modern direct democracy is characterized by three pillars:
* Initiative - provides a means by which a petition signed by a certain minimum number of registered voters can force a public vote on a proposed statute, constitutional amendment, charter amendment or ordinance. * Referendum (including binding referenda) - a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. * Recall - a procedure by which voters can remove an elected official from office.

Modern Direct Democracy (like all forms of government) is not perfect therefore has its own PROs and CONs:


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