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What are the advantages and disadvantages of a democracy?

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crismoon | eNoter

Posted September 10, 2012 at 7:20 PM via web

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of a democracy?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 10, 2012 at 7:29 PM (Answer #1)

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There are two major advantages to a democracy.  First, it is the form of government that is most likely to protect the people's rights.  Second, it is the form of government that is least likely to make huge mistakes in a hurry.  The course of policy in a democracy cannot generally be changed radically and quickly, thus, democracies are not as likely to make terrible mistakes like (for example) the Great Leap Forward in China.

The major disadvantage to a democracy is that it can be slow to respond to important issues.  Our present situation is a case in point. It is obvious that something must be done to reform our system of entitlements, for example, but there is no political will to do so.  If we had a more autocratic ruler, that person could simply order the government to do something about the problem.  But because we are a democracy and the voters are not sure what they want, nothing gets done.

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