Democracy is vulnerable

Many people take democracy for granted, but democracy is rather vulnerable. Several countries in the world are moving from democracy towards a more authoritarian and dictatorial rule. Are there other ways to achieve fair rule than democracy as we know it today?

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Is democracy about to fall?

Several democracies have been shaken in the last decade due to dissatisfaction with the political governance. There have been economic crises and we have seen political leaders who want to return to autocracy. Autocracy is a form of government in which most of the political power is concentrated in the hands of an individual or a small group.

Not enough support

Support for democracy is at its lowest since World War II, especially in the Western world. This means that many citizens do not get involved in political elections, and do not exercise their right to vote. If things continue like this, only half of the people in the West will vote in elections in five years’ time.

How will we be ruled?

Is democracy disappearing – and if so, what will replace it? Will there be dictatorships like the ones we know from the beginning of the last century, or is it artificial intelligence that will rule us in the future?

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Have we learned anything from history?

Much of what happens in the world has already happened before, but do we really learn anything from history? Most people probably want to live safely and be involved in deciding about their own lives. So why do so many people experience the exact opposite?

Different forms of government

Democracy differs from other forms of government such as dictatorship and anarchy. Democracy has more often been the exception than the rule. Countries and areas have often been ruled by dictators.

Dictators and oligarchs

A dictatorship is often ruled by one person, such as the dictator Adolf Hitler in Germany during World War II. Most people did not have any right to decide how the country was ruled. A dictatorship can also be ruled by oligarchs, in which case there is a group of people who are in power. Many of these heads of state were and still are brutal and violent leaders.

Anarchy and meritocracy

Anarchy is a form of government where no one holds any superior power. Society is ruled through cooperation and a wish for free will. In a meritocracy, those with special abilities and skills are put in charge. This form of government is very rare.

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