Internet democracy from the Economist

Kevin A P Kirchman wrote:

Dear Sir,
Democracy is also a form of tyranny–where the will of a majority is forced upon a minority. The majority, in modern democracies, is not particularly informed, nor particularly aware of their manipulations and the limits on who is allowed access to power in these “democracies”.

Returning to the point, is the Internet a force for democracy? The Internet is a force for liberty, which is often at odds with the will of the majority. A majority of 51% can sentence an innocent man (or group of people) to death, simply because they don’t like him (or them). That is not respecting of human rights and dignity, and such unconstrained power in a government is a threat to world peace, civility and human progress.

The ancient Greek city-state of Athens, where the origins of democracy are generally attributed, eventually became a tyrannical and hegemonic regime that attacked Sicily to steal their wealth, much as the US attacks Middle Eastern states for their resources (behind the banner of their false democracy). Athens fell because democracy doesn’t work. Greedy, corrupt voters cannot lead without legal constraint, either domestically or internationally.

Unregulated democracy does not make the world a safer place. The Internet, however, does make the world a freer, better place.

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Author: Dean Crutchfield

In an award-winning career spanning two decades, Dean Crutchfield has created, built and re-invigorated some of the world's most iconic brands.

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