The People’s Choice

From the beginning of times, structure has always been a prominent theme within societies and communities. As these societies began to develop, so did the complexity of the societal structure. This growth eventually led to the establishment of proper forms of government. The world has experienced many forms of government including, but not limited to, communism, monarchy oligarchy, and autocracy. Each form of government, although different in style and structure, all were created for similar purposes: to maintain social order and provide public services, security, and defense. No form of government is perfect. They are all flawed in some way and are, potentially, subject to abuse. However, the form of government that will properly fulfill its purpose is a representative democracy.

Democracy originates from the Greek words, “demos,” meaning people and “kratia” meaning government or ruling by. The literal translation is the “people’s government.” Former U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln, describes the democratic form of government as the “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” This is an amazing idea and concept of government; however, it sets the expectation that citizens have the time and/ or interest to make regular decisions with extreme importance. Thus, is why a representative democracy is more suitable. If this government is operating as it should, it is highly efficient. The people still have a voice because they have elected someone who should have their best interest in mind. This form of government is least dystopian because it does not leave the population feeling in an oppressed state. The citizens are not technically being controlled because they have the choice to choose someone who has the same or similar ideals as them. Allowing the citizens to have a say and elect their officials provides some sort of trust. This establishes a better relationship between citizens and government officials. The population is not living in fear, suffering or injustice because they ultimately had a say in the structure of society and life.

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