All it needs is some imagination - and a refusal to accept the status quo - for new, effective solutions to come into being. Democracy is about feeling empowered individually; and not only about the power to empower leaders.
The thing about democracy is that there are no experts. It assumes that a decision for a public action cannot be made in isolation without everyone who is involved and affected taking part. This differentiates democracy from other forms of governance. A democracy therefore relies on the participation of the people – each one of us – to ensure that power is not monopolised by one or a few leaders.
Yet we assume democracy will work for us on autopilot. We take it for granted that without conscious and deliberate demand for accountability from the system, a democracy will still be a democracy.
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