Social democracies, specifically parliamentary republics = happy people

Hobbes described the dystopian societies as people becoming dissatisfied with a level playing field and thus power is craved, birthing competition (contesting power for yourself), diffidence (modesty for lack of power), and glory (pride at having power). The least dystopian government would be one that people are able to trust those in power, so that they (the people) would not be exploited and their issues aren’t ignored. Having the trust and communication between those with power and those without power would eliminate these 3 major issues because everyone is working together for each other. I believe that this government would be a form of democracy (a system of government in which the citizens exercise power directly or elect representatives from among themselves to form a governing body, so no single force controls what occurs and its outcomes). I believe that having a level playing field needs to be established first because having an even playing field (basic human rights) is essential to the survival of people. We first need to survive before we can become content.

When looking at the list of democracies, I found that social democracies supported this the most. Social democracy argues that all citizens should be legally entitled to certain social rights such as universal access to public services such as: education, health care, workers’ compensation, public transportation, and other services including child care and care for the elderly. Finland, one of the countries where its people are the happiest, exercises a form of social democracy with a prevalent parliamentary republic where a large group represents the electorate (all the different groups of voters within the population), makes laws, and oversees the government. I think that having that representation of the population in major decisions helps to make the public content with those in power and thus in their lives.

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