Winston Churchill’s View on Democracy
Perhaps the most recognized prime minister of the 20th century, Winston Churchill commented, in 1947, "It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others that have been tried." What he meant by this is that democracy has many faults, but all other forms of government have proved to be worse for citizens. On the other hand, democracy isn’t perfect – and building an efficient democracy takes a long time. For democracy to function well, citizens must be welleducated to make effective decisions. Democracy is also fragile and so can break down if citizens are ignorant, malinformed, or selfinterested. Also, in corrupt countries with socalled “democracy”, bribes can interfere with responsible government. With a slow decisionmaking process, democracy, and the checks and balances that help make democracy effective, also makes it inefficient. For example, in the U.S., before a law is passed, it spends a great deal of time in the hands of Congressional officials, and even in the hands of the President. Though democracy isn’t perfect, all other forms of government that have been tried have proven worse for citizens than democracy with all its inefficiencies and problems. I agree with Churchill’s ironic observation. During my essay, I will talk about Communism, Dictatorship, Theocracy, and how these forms of government are, in fact, worse than of Democracy.
Communism is a theory, or system of social organization, in which the government owns all property and each person contributes and receives according to their ability and needs. Communism is the form of totalitarianism that tends to be linked with poor and underdeveloped nations, for example: Russia in Europe, and China in Asia. Communism has been around since German political philosopher Karl Marx (18181883) wrote “The Communist Manifesto” in February 1848. Examples of Communism in the past include the Bolshevik ...
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