What is necessary for a democracy to work
According to American political scientist Larry Diamond, democracy consists of four key elements: a political system for choosing and replacing the government through free and fair elections; the active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life; protection of the human rights of all citizens; ...
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1) “Work” to do what?
To respect individual people’s human rights? No.
To violate human rights? Yes!
A faith in democracy legitimizes using mob rule to overrule any human rights that the mob finds inconvenient.
Let’s say, for example, that you wanted to do (or not to do) X to your own body. Well, human rights properly defined would say that since it’s your body, you would be the person who would decide. Democracy, on the other hand, would say that since the mob rules, the mob would decide.
2) “Necessary” for whom to do what?
Necessary to protect your body from the mob? No.
Necessary to appear to legitimize the abuse of your body for the benefit of a mob? Yes!
Mob rule provides little protection of your human rights, and thus it provides almost no protection for you unless your decisions almost always align with the mob’s.
On the other hand, a belief that everyone should be subjugated to mob rule is necessary for the mob to justify its abuse of your human rights