- What about the stupid ones?
Isn’t democracy the system where everybody, even the stupid ones, decide about everything?
- Yes it is. But before making your mind about whether you want those, who you call stupid, to decide about everything, just think about what someone needs, to make a right decision. Or, even better, let’s find what a right decision is. I bet you ‘re thinking of commonweal. But, isn’t commonweal the resultant of all personal interests? Would it make sense if it wasn’t? So why don’t we, even today in our oligarchies, make referendums to find out what our commonweal is. All oligarchs claim to seek commonweal. Oh! sorry, they claim to know what commonweal is. And that, because commonweal is supposed to be something that a common mind can’t reach (irony is a Greek word too). So, in order to find commonweal, all you need from everybody is to look their own interest and decide according to that. And that’s why all democracy needs is people able to look at their own interests, and willing to accept any decision as long as it’s been a democratic decision, meaning, all citizens had the right to take part in the decision process.

If only people could speak Greek

    They would realize that our systems of governance are so close to democracy as north to south pole. The basic systems are three. Monarchy, oligarchy and democracy. Monarchy comes from the Greek word “μονός” which mean one, or alone, and the word “αρχή” which mean power,  and specifies the system in which one person has the power. The one who has the power makes the decisions. Oligarchy comes from the Greek word “λίγοι” which mean a few and the word “αρχή” again, and specifies the system in which only a few people have the power. Only a few people make the decisions. Democracy comes from the Greek word “δήμος” which mean all, everybody, and the word “κράτος” which also mean the power, the state, and specifies the system in which ALL the people are making the decisions. In our systems, the so called “democracies” every few years we elect out representatives. Every few years we give power unconditionally to few people to make the decisions. Those three words (monarchy, oligarchy, democracy) tell us nothing about how those who have the power, got the power. For example in monarchy, if one person takes the power from his parents, with the power of weapons, by elections or by accident (?), it doesn’t make a difference for defining the system. It is still a monarchy. If that person turns out to be a good monarch he will be called king, if not he will be called tyrant. The same with oligarchy. No matter how the few take the power (weapons, elections, lottery etc), if the decisions are made from only a few people it’s an oligarchy. And if they are good, they will be called aristocrats, which is a Greek word and mean the state in which the best rule.
    Now, let’s ask ourselves, when was the last time we decided about  anything in our countries. Not when we decided about who will be making the decisions for the next years, but when we decided for a certain subject. Very few times, if any, with the referendums.
    The systems most of the western countries have, if not all, and try to put to the eastern countries by force, is oligarchy. And the best weapon they have is control of knowledge. They, the oligarchics, have succeeded renaming oligarchy to democracy. And why they did so? Because they know that if people realized that they don’t have democracy they would look for it. And they would be surprised by the prospective of democracy in the growth of a society (5th century bc, Athens). 
    Democracy takes people and turns them in to citizens. Takes hopeless people and turns them in to responsible decision makers, which, of course, is something that the oligarchics don’t like at all.
    As Greeks used to say, it is better to live poor in a democracy, than in a king’s palace.
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