Wednesday, December 23, 2009
DEMOCRACY vs MERITOCRACY
The "democratic" electoral process is inherently flawed
The principle upon which (so-called) democracy is based – elections – is inherently flawed. In fact, just because people vote in an election does not make the political process democratic.
In fact, as Arudhanti Roy rightly stated: “It isn’t how many people who vote that count in an election; rather it is how the votes are counted.”
Consider the following:
Only a small minority of the total population actually takes part in the voting process during an election. Let us assume that for the purpose of our analysis, that out of a total population of 10 million, 50% are “eligible” to vote under the electoral rules. Now let us assume that out of the 5 million who are declared “eligible” to vote, only 50% (2.5 million) actually bother casting their votes. Now let us further assume that out of the 2.5 million voters, 51% - the (so-called) “majority” - vote for presidential candidate A. Thus, out of a total population of 10 million, only 1.25 million people (12.5%) have voted in favor of presidential candidate A.
How does 12.5% of the total population constitute the “majority”...? And how can candidate A claim to have "democratically" won the elections by the vote of the “majority”, when in fact only 1.25 million people - out of 10 million - cast their vote in his favor? And what about the opinions and voices of the REAL majority of the population (8.75 million /87.5%) who did NOT vote for presidential candidate A, but who nevertheless will have to pay taxes and bear the consequences of the policies pursued by the candidate A during his reign...?
As the above illustration clearly demonstrates, the entire election process is (purposely) inherently flawed and must be entirely reformed. In fact, under the current electoral rules, the majority of inhabitants who are excluded from the electoral process and/or chose not to vote will always be excluded from the political process, since only the “voices” of those who are eligible to vote and actually exercise that right are taken into account. People who chose not to vote for any of the running candidate (out of a lack of credible alternative)should also have a right to vote AGAINST any of the running candidates, and their expressed voices should be accounted for and reflected in the overall electoral results.
The current electoral process and rules are inherently biased against the true majority since they exclusively take into account the “majority” of the minority that actually vote. To illustrate my point, considering the following:
Let us assume that out of the 5 million eligible voters, only 1 million actually bother to vote. And out of the 1 million voters, candidate A obtains 51% of the votes. Under the current electoral process and rules, Candidate A will have won the election by obtaining the “majority” of the votes with only 510,000 votes, out of total population of 10 million, representing a mere 5.1% of the total population! The same example can be repeated ad infinitum with the same biased results.
Thus, it is clear from the above illustrations, that the (so-called) “democratic” electoral process is inherently flawed and biased against the true majority of the people and thus entirely un-democratic. It follows that all political appointees holding office through the above described fraudulent and anti-democratic electoral process are in fact illegitimate, and must therefore be removed from office.
Meritocracy vs Democracy
Furthermore, (so-called) democracy MUST be replaced by MERITOCRACY. In fact, government representatives must be hired based on merit and competence, and be directly accountable to the people, just like company executives are hired based on merit and accountable to their shareholders.
Countries must be managed like corporations by competent individuals based on merit, competence, accountability and transparency. Countries contain vast amount of resources (natural, mineral, human, etc.) which must be intelligently exploited for the development of the country as a whole and the welfare of its inhabitants. This can only be accomplished under a political system based on meritocracy, accountability and transparency.