Combatting Dystopias

We live in a world where dystopian societies are recurring themes in literature and media, so observing different types of governments and how they could be abused is essential. After observing the Wikipedia article “List of Forms of Government” and a selection from Hobbes’s Leviathan, I feel indirect democracies are the least dystopian government style. Indirect Democracies aim to represent people’s will, all while providing checks and balances to prevent an abuse of power.

A representative democracy, an indirect democracy, is a government system where individuals can vote for who will represent them. A large difference found in representative democracies and not found in other government systems is if the selected representative fails to fulfill their duty their position could change.  Also, there is a separation and balance of power between the legislative, judicial, and executive branches.

One of the cons that comes with this system is there could be representation for a morally corrupt group of people. Also, there is potential issues that could prevent important legislation to pass through a gridlock between the government branches. Even though this system is not perfect, a representative democracy is still the least dystopian amongst the various governmental systems. One would prevent the misuse of power with the least number of negative drawbacks. 

Overall, a dystopia can form in almost any governmental system due to the susceptibility of human minds to human manipulation. Any one of us could end up in a dystopian society like the Giver, Hunger Games, or The Darkest Minds, it just takes a leader who could promise us the society of our dreams and has the power to achieve the complete opposite. The biggest way to prevent the formation of a dystopia is preparing individually on how to distinguish and recognize a dystopia. If we as a people prioritized this, the world would be filled with contempt.

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