I am not a big fan of democracy. That has mostly to do with the practicalities of it. My quran translation should define freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, amongst others.

However, ask yourself the following question: “Do we live in a democracy?”. I think the answer would be ‘no’. Because there is a set of rules that dominate the democratic discussions. These rules are not debatable. There are limits to what you can say and do in a democracy. So a democracy is a system that allows for some discussion in decision-making. But an essential are the limits by which it is bound, which is usually a constitution and above that the declaration of human rights.

Above that, bible or quran.

So you do not live in a full ‘democracy’.

You live in a system that gives room for discussion.

What I’m saying is that there is too much room.

© Koos Swart 2013