sábado, 6 de marzo de 2010
DEMOCRACY AND RULES
Democracy and rules, I’m going to try explaining the confusion that people have between these two words.
Democracy means decided by the people or their representatives, by the members of an association or member of a political group etc... If a rule has been voted in a legal process without corruption then we have to admit that rule as democratic. However one democratic thing can be unfair too. A democratic rule can be opposite to our principles and values therefore we couldn’t accept it. What would happen then?
In that case we will suffer the consequences and they can be very different as prison, to be fined, to be spelled from a country or a party etc… Therefore a rule can be democratic but at the sometime it can be unfair for some people. I give you an example, in the plural society from North Ireland that was divided in a protestant majority and a catholic minority, govern of the protestant majority carries that Union party, which represented the protestant majority, won every elections and formed the governs from 1921 to 1972. The massive Catholics protests ended in a civil war between Catholics and Protestants that could be only controlled with an English military intervention and a govern imposed from London.
Under this conditions, govern of the majority (although democratic) become danger too, since the minority are systematically excluded of the power and then they feel discriminated and therefore they can leave to believe in the system.
The excuse more used today is “the rules” You know, these are the rules and you have to comply with them or otherwise you will have to face the consequences. But this argument is very weak by itself. By example, we can do a general rule as this: albino people can’t drive because of their vision’s problems. It can be a democratic rule but it is not a good rule, a good rule would say: albino people due to their vision’s problems they will be obligated to pass especially medical revision in order to get drive license.
I mean with all this that somebody thinks democratic rules are the same thing that fair rules and this is absolutely false. Rules have to be voted and accepted but above all they must be scrupulously fair and not discriminatory, only when these requirements have been complied we can talk about a fair democracy.
We have a lot of examples in the history about “democratic governs” that using democratic rules got impose dictatorships in their countries. In those cases governs confused to the people using in a danger and deliberate way democracy and rules.
Everybody is entitled to comply or not a rule although they will have to face with the consequences.
Finally, success or failure of a democratic govern or a political group will depend not enough to give legitimacy to their rules but the fair, ethics and respectful that the rules were.