Democracy, is described by Plato as both the fastest way toward tyranny and yet the best of the political systems. However, democracy is an ideology that has never really been implemented in a real sense.

Even 2500 years ago in Athens, democracy was a luxury afforded by the free people and paid for by slavery. In our day many would argue that this has not changed, that instead of the physical shackles of slavery we now run our democracies through wage and debt slavery. This is done to a degree that proportions a massive difference in wealth. In a system where 8% of the world’s population own 90% of the world’s wealth, what power can the working class have?

Democracy is akin to a religion insofar as it is a belief system rather than any scientific system. It seems now to have been embraced by the three Abrahamic religions. However, democracy is far from perfect as it allows the smoothest speaking and best looking political puppets voice-time with which these actors may sell snake-oil to the people.

This picture depicts the Athenian Polis where speeches were given by well practised orators to the rich and powerful, who would then vote upon what was said.

What is the decision-making process?

What is the decision-making process that people go through to determine who to vote for?

  • How do you decide what candidate to vote for?
  • What matters the most to you?
  • How do you determine which candidate is the best fit?

When presented with ten candidates how do you choose?

Let’s say you’re presented with ten candidates, each with their own agenda, background, and sets of beliefs.

  • Do you take the time to read through all of their manifestos?
  • How many debates can you manage to listen through?
  • Do you actually like any of them?

Do voters take the necessary time?

Many voters may not have the time or interest to read into all the information necessary to make an educated decision. Some voters choose to use online tests to determine who to vote for. You may be familiar with them. They are usually made by news agencies and other media companies, and typically consist of a series of political questions. After a voter has answered all the questions, they are mapped to an appropriate candidate. All of these systems are necessarily biased.

Your views on democracy (new questionnaire!)

Are the candidates all reporting to the same mob?

If we look back thousands of years to the supposed birth of democracy in Greece, there is written comment by Plato on the idea of speakers who were actually just good actors. These would do public speeches for anyone if the price was good enough. Indeed, the idea of these actors performing speeches for two opposing political ideas or people was not abnormal at all.

Cleisthenes, the father of Greek democracy, reformed traditional Athenian government controlled by ruling tribes into the first government of the privileged section of the people. (Demos does not mean all the people it is more similar to the word Mob!)

Note that this bust is not an original is located in the USA not Greece!

So, has this changed during the past 2000 years

So, has this changed? Have we evolved to a far more refined and morally perfect form of democracy than it may have been in Greece at the begging?

Remember: so-called democratic states have little or no connection to ancient Greek democracy and that although Greek democracy is idealised and almost worshipped as an axiomatic necessity, it is unclear that the wonderfully glamorous attachment given to this method of social organisation is justifiable nor in any way correct.

Wikispiracy believes that there has been no such advancement and that the same problems exist today as were there in the beginning. Moreover, with the power of all the media companies and technologies inconceivable in the time of Plato, democracy may have become a light-speed fast-rack to tyranny.

Karl Marx and his evaluation of capitalism and democracy

Carl Marx analyzed democratic ideology and capitalism carefully in his trilogy Das Kapital. This is required reading at many prestigious universities.

Das Kapital, also called Capital. A Critique of Political Economy (German: Das Kapital. Kritik der politischen Ökonomie, pronounced [das kapiˈtaːl kʁɪˈtiːk deːɐ poˈliːtɪʃən økonoˈmiː]; 1867–1883), is a foundational theoretical text in materialist philosophy, economics and politics by Karl Marx.[1][2][3] Marx aimed to reveal the economic patterns underpinning the capitalist mode of production in contrast to classical political economists such as Adam Smith, Jean-Baptiste Say, David Ricardo and John Stuart Mill. While Marx did not live to publish the planned second and third parts, they were both completed from his notes and published after his death by his colleague Friedrich Engels. Das Kapital is the most cited book in the social sciences published before 1950.