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Topic Reading-Vol.2553-4/8/2019

英語で世界を知ろう!Topic Reading

2019/04/08 Topic Reading-Vol.2553-4/8/2019

Dear MEL Topic Readers,

Why we need to reinvent democracy for the long term

The collapse of democracy? Looking at the endless, fruitless debates and votes in the UK parliament for Brexit and the president’s reactive tweets that criticize anyone including his own cabinet members, politicians are only dealing with today’s polls and the next election. Indeed, elected leaders, politicians and lawmakers in democratic countries, are becoming more generous to buy support from their voters while putting aside all critical future agendas, such as environment, government deficit, and weapon of mass distractions.

Why has such short-termism become dominant in the democracy? Several factors are to blame, such as election cycles, lobbying by special interest groups, and lack of influence and interest by the future generations, according to a public philosopher.

Then, will dictatorship or totalitarianism bring better future? Compare China and India, the largest non-democratic and democratic countries in the world each with over 1.3 billion population. It is obvious which country has achieved higher economic growth, more technological innovations, and stronger initiatives to improve the environment.

Isn’t there any new hope for democracy?

Enjoy reading the article and learn about the challenges today’s democracy is facing.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190318-can-we-reinvent-democracy-for-the-long-term

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