In his latest call to arms, Philip Kotler passionately argues that democracy is under grave threat. Too much money has entered politics, and its donors, often billionaires and corporations, now hold too much influence in favor of the 1%. Meanwhile, the voting system is flawed, too few citizens are politically informed, and many don’t vote. At the same time, major political parties are unable to agree on policies, Presidents are disempowered, and the real changes needed don’t occur. Kotler confronts this gloomy outlook positively with some potential solutions, as well as an invitation for you to get involved in the democratic issues that impact your life. Please visit www.democracyindecline.com for more around the issues raised by the book.
Chapter 2: Reforming Elections—Why are Citizens Not Voting?
Reforming Elections—Why are Citizens Not Voting?
‘They who have no voice nor vote in the electing of representatives, do not enjoy liberty, but are absolutely enslaved to those who have votes.’
‘Let the people rule.’
‘Democracy is not a spectator sport, it’s a participatory event. If we don’t participate in it, it ceases to be democracy.’
[Page 34]Democracies have their starting point with elections. If there are no elections, the political system is not democratic. Such a political system is run by a monarch or an authoritarian figure or group or by a one-party system.
[Page 35]Even if a country runs candidates and elections, the political system may still not be democratic. This would be the case if only ...