Best argument against democracy

One adult American in five thinks the Sun revolves around the Earth. Ofcourse they do. I am not surprised, considering the fact that 41% still think Saddam was behind 9/11. 44% think that the second coming of Jesus will take place in the next 50 years and 28% still think that Bush is doing a great job at running the country.

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” -Winston Churchhill

Aptitude tests to general public mostly ends in disaster, atleast as far as I see on TV in entertainment shows and otherwise. Be it Science, their own American history, Math or anything else other than entertainment for that matter. The only thing everyone unanimously is aware of is what bag Brtiney spears is carrying or when Paris hilton is out of jail.

I remember in school(more than 10 years ago) I not only had to read my country’s history, I had to read world history along with civics too. And today, its so hard for people to identify and even care about who their own president is and what he’s up to. And then we complain or wonder why there is a wrong guy in the highest power in this country. Why wouldn’t there be?

A great article that sparked this blog : http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/30/science/30profile.html?ex=1184904000&en=02e790e341412257&ei=5070#

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4 Responses

  1. well, i honestly will admit not remembering most of my academic stuff :)

  2. do i now get to be a powers-that-be ?

  3. Well, not remembering your academic stuff is one thing, but not recognizing your country’s president or not knowing where africa is on a map is a whole different ballgame :)

  4. I think if we accept the fact that democracy is nothing more than just another name given to way, not A way in some sense, but way that people are govern in some nations of the world but with similar atrocities visited on these governed people , then this name would stop attracting undeserved attention as being better or worse system of government. If we are concerned with the system having most people, most ignorant about what befalls them then surely democracy is number one candidate for consideration.

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