Modern democracy

What constitutes a modern democracy?

  • Government is elected by the people – one adult citizen, one vote.
  • The Government is accountable/answerable to the people.
  • There are official channels whereby Governments can be held to account.
  • There’s no government (legal or policy) discrimination for race, gender or religion.
  • There’s no imposition of taxes without representatives being elected to control those funds (i.e. the people thereby have a say (vote) in how that money is spent).
  • Those controlling public revenues and assets are accountable to the people, and are charged with managing them for the benefit of all the people.
  • Societal issues are resolved through freedom of speech/open debate so that a majority consensus can be reached and can evolve.
  • Free speech
  • Through government, the people give a hand up to the needy (not a hand out to the greedy).
  • To work well, a modern democracy needs:
  • A robust media to challenge government and keep the people well informed of the facts (before opinion).
  • High education standards so citizens are capable of holding government to account.
    An easily accessible legal system (justice delayed or too expensive is justice denied).

Arthur Moore, Pakuranga