We are told that it was Winston Churchill who said that “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that that have been tried from time to time.”
There seems to be little doubt that Churchill was correct. Democracy has many faults. It is inherently slow to respond to quick-moving events, in as much as it needs to involve both majority and minority opinions in the conversation. It is an inherently inefficient form of governing when compared to dictatorships or monarchies. It would be simple to list its faults.
But democracy has one strength that is undeniable: it provides an opportunity for multiple voices to weigh in on issues and, when committed to its essence, it insures that minority opinions are publicly voiced. [Read more…]