I don’t disagree but food for thought, I will probably put my conversation with a taxi driver in Taiwan, probably the most democratic society in Asia. When he asked me where I am from, and I mention Singapore, he says, oh wow, Singapore, a country he admires. I asked why. I say compared to Taiwan where the citizens get the right to have a say in almost every issue at stake, compared to our one party government who has been described as dictatorship in some quarters, why would a Taiwanese admire Singapore. He says yes, as a democracy, Taiwan is very successful, they get to vote for many issues that other countries in Asia can dream about. But he says herein lie the problem. They keep asking for votes and balloting and by the time that is done, the government changes and nothing is done. So on paper, its great that their opinions are sought after but many things, important ones, like salary, like survival, like jobs are not properly addressed, so is this system of democracy really good for the everyday lives of people?
This conversation actually was the conversation that sets me thinking on what I said earlier that a balanced system that focus on the accountability of the government to its people is more important than the system itself. Of course, we are not talking North Korea where both democracy and accountability is lacking but we have seen for example, a great democracy political system in India but I would say the elected government accountability is low and the people suffers. We have Singapore, who is like a dictatorship dressed in democracy, as some described, why we don’t get to vote for many things but yet we believe alot in our government because of its high accountability to us.
So at the end of day as I mentioned, to me, you can call it by any name, a system is a system, but what you mentioned like accepting differing views, being accountable are the important actions rather than being fixated on the system because afterall, maybe I am too practical, like what the Taiwanese taxi driver say, what does all these freedom do for them if everyday people cannot survive properly.