Development Dialogue

Development Dialogue is a language of contemporary discourses on human development which aims to stimulate each entity of the society for a new history of humanity. It stands for communicating the problems that people face and hence is more value-based than other units of human life. Envisioned with better quality of human life it admires the imagination of ordinary citizens, their daily concerns and necessities and circulate these elements in policy articulation.

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Democracy - 2 Continued...


September 2nd, 2012

To continue on a pervious entry about democracy, I would like to go over what some call “pre-requisites” of a stable democracy.  Pre-existing conditions that along with the support of certain value systems, institutions and democracy’s own internal processes stabilize the political process within a certain country. Political analysts, philosophers and observers are constantly debating these “conditions”, so they are by no means absolute. 

Maintaining a state of peace and security is one of the first conditions laid down to allow for a flourishing democracy. It is impossible to even envision a state where the rule of law is supreme, if it is not safe to walk out of your own house in the morning without the expectation of being attacked by your own neighbor. A Hobbesian state of nature where life is nasty, short and brutish which impends any industry to flourish or trust to be built guarantees that a democratic process is dead before it’s even born. 

Independent, impartial and functioning media outlets are absolutely integral to maintain an open flow of trustworthy information.  Open communication is absolutely vital. It helps build trust. If I trust you, I won’t attack  you and we will be able to have a civil conversation. A dialogue until a consensus is reached. 

Another condition to maintaining a stable democracy is a literate, educated population that is willing to accept democracy as a mode of governance. If the consensus is that a socialist regime, or a monarchy are the ideal form of governance then it shall be so! Granted majority rule might not be always agreeable, but what would happen if a small group took their disagreement a step further and became violent? Chaos. Which is why democracy is not simply majority rule, but also minority acquiescence. 

Combining all the above ensures a flourishing middle class - a group of educated, democracy-loving, free speech protecting, minority-defending bunch of people that would fight tooth and nail to guarantee that democracy will continue to grow. 

BMA

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