Let's look at American Democracy: Every 2, 4, or 6 years, depending on what office is being voted on, people get together to vote for Representatives in the government. The People, while greatly praised by the politicians, often do not form a very well informed electorate. How many people do you know who: - Are horribly misinformed about issues of policy and which politicians would do what/ have done what - Don't even know what different policies would do, much less which politicians support them - Don't even care about most policies, and vote based on one or two issues (Abortion, Gay marriage, something like that), and simply don't even pay any regard to any of the other policies a Candidate supports - Don't really care about ANYTHING, and simply allign themselves with the party that their parents voted for, or their church tells them to vote for - Vote based on criteria like "I could have a beer with HIM". - Drink or use drugs to the point of brain damage (or have in the past) - Are just generally idiots and don't know what the hell they're doing Certainly there are people who vote both ways for logical reasons, but in all likelyhood the vast majority isn't voting based on any solid logic at all. So you've got these people serving in our government, and in their campaigns, they lied and decieved the public, and usually go back on many promises and act very different than they said they would, and the only way that these people are thrown out of office is if living conditions get bad and the people blame them for it, or if some challenger comes along who has a better ad-campaign. So pretty much, the only thing American Democracy does is make sure that huge screw-ups don't stay in office, and make deception of the populace a primary way of winning. Seriously, would you trust a group of random people on the street to make any important decisions for you? I know I wouldn't trust a coalition of random folk to do much anything for me, and I really don't like entrusting the choice of my government to Joe Smith who works at the Food Court, and Susan Black who spent her whole life being inundated with one party's propaganda. Don't get me wrong, in having this check by the people against MAJOR screw-ups, Democracy has worked pretty good, but it seems there should be SOME other system out there to effectively govern. The main problem is, that government is inherently vested in the hands of people, and I hardly trust a select group of people any more than a random group of people to make decisions for me. Any thoughts, comments, cries of blasphemy to be shared?