A fairly simple one , I thought. As you said "voting is only a tiny part of democracy.Originally posted by Mediocrates
what are you getting at? even here with the most hotly contested election in 50 years the turnount was 49%. giving people a vote guarantees nothing but the freedom to exercise it. voting is only a tiny part of democracy. institutions, laws, checks and balances, and a willingness to behave not only to the letter of the laws but their spirit as well is where democracy flows.
Many of the posts on this particular thread are critical of the UN, especially in relation to the participation of "non-democratic" countries. For me this is not such an easy issue that can be dismissed as "mobocracy" as martinw718 put it. There is clearly a continuim of democratic development. The US even elects public officials such as police/judges etc in some areas. In Australia the head of state is appointed not elected, in Britian there is a House of Lords, where membership is via hereditary title. Who will decide which of thesecountries is democrtic enough, or not, with regards to UN membership. Clearly ibrodsky and others are up for it. But by ibrodsky's own definition he recognises the PA as a democracy("...free citizens to choose their own leaders") while I would be rather reluctant to classify the PA this way, as would you I imagine.