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Is the concept of democracy past its "use by date"?
Rule of law is distinct from rule of rulers...democracy has largely meant rule of law administered by people's representatives. In complex modern societies with complex laws people often elect representatives who just are not up to the task. Administering these rules is sophisticated work which needs specialized agencies. Adding a layer of simpleton and pliable people's representatives on top of specialized agencies (government departments) absolves these officials from total responsibility and ownership for their actions and deliverables....and unbridled populism is often the net result...No wonder most democracies are in a mess whereas authoritarian regimes like China are flourishing.
Democracy was invented when laws did not exist and therefore it was better to have rulers elected by rotation to prevent despots and tyrants taking over permanently...but now times have changed....even North Korea has laws...even Saddam Hussain had laws....the whole concept of democracy may need to be revisited...