This subject has ben analyzed by many experts, many times, during a long period of time, here my own version. Most industrialized first world countries show democracy as the way to standout from the crowd, together with freedom, entrepreneurs, educated citizens, a non invasive state, law enforcement and more, most of these countries may have had a certain form of democracy from several centuries back. Many countries are industrialized but the population is typically 3rd wordily, others have been ruled by dictators practically since they were born or have had glimpses of democracy from time to time and many still have very ancients forms of government dating centuries ago or millennia. Is Democracy working? Giving a look at the daily press headlines in this convulsed world the conclusion is obvious. In many latin american countries, populism has given raise to a new inhabitant that decides with his vote the faith of the Country, below a common profile. Many of these characteristics now even apply to first world countries like the USA…..
Age: middle thirties
Education: left early primary school
Profession: none, sells anything, legal or illegal
Civil State: single, partnership, married, divorced, occasional, or all of them at a given time
Goal in life: don’t work much, get as much money as possible (during the week)
On weekends: bear, partying, lottery, sex with any available
Children: several, does not know exactly how many, he does not care, no sense of parent ship
Future: the same but better, perhaps a payment from government could help..
“I was born here, I deserve to have a share on the country’s resources and money”
Socrates quote: “We have forgotten this distinction between an intellectual democracy and a democracy by birthright. We have given the vote to all without connecting it to that of wisdom”
Socrates was not elitist in the normal sense. He didn’t believe that a narrow few should only ever vote. He did, however, insist that only those who had thought about issues rationally and deeply should be let near a vote.