Explanation of western democracy
Western democracy is rooted in liberalism. They say because man is free, dictatorship should be abolished and replaced with democracy. The kind of freedom that liberalism is based on is absolute freedom. That is to say, if they want, the people can accept something which is certain to harm them. For example, just as the English legalized homosexuality in their parliament, so they may legalize heroin or incest only if they decide to do so. In this case there is no logical reason why they should not listen to us. They have to accept what we say. What is the difference between homosexuality and incest? In this case they do not have a logical justification for what they do. Therefore, there are no logical limits to restrict this western freedom. If they say, “This is the point where freedom goes against ethics”, we can say, “What ethics? There are no ethical limits. Everybody is free.” This is because liberalism is based on freedom, and no limits can restrict this freedom unless one kind freedom goes against another kind of freedom or against the essence of communal freedom. This is the only red line that they have. In fact by relying on the philosophy of liberalism, western democracy proves its hollowness. Then all ethical values may be destroyed in society. Today those who believe in western democracy are not prepared to acknowledge this. But this is the inevitable consequence of accepting the philosophy behind liberal democracy.
Everything that is called democracy in the world has a framework. In western democracies the framework is the interests and wishes of wealthy people and the capitalists who dominate the fate of western communities. The votes of the people will have an effect only within that framework. If the people want something that goes against the interests of capitalists and those who have financial – and consequently political – power, then there is no guarantee that their democratic systems and regimes will surrender to public demands. There is a rigid framework which dominates all public demands and democracies. The same framework was dominant in socialist countries of the past – which used to describe themselves as democratic. The votes of the people were insignificant outside the framework of the tendencies, policies and motives of the ruling party.
Western democracy has failed and is outdated. Its flaws have become clear. This kind of democracy is based on a desire for power. What happens is that two groups or two parties deploy their forces against one another. If you ask them what they are after, they will tell you that they want power. Why do you want power? Do you want to promote morality in society? Do you want to help people achieve spiritual improvement? Do you want to improve living conditions of the people? Do you want to go beyond the slogans and the appearances? No, these things are not what they are looking for. After all, they are just a party trying to seize power for a few years. But this is not a valuable goal. It does not contribute to human dignity. Today even western democracy is not practiced anywhere in the world, not even in a country like America which shouts democratic slogans most loudly of all.
Western democracy – namely, democracy that is based on liberalism – is based on a particular philosophy. According to this philosophy, the votes of the majority of the people form the basis of the legitimacy of governments and political systems. This philosophy is based on liberalism, according to which individual freedom is not restricted by any ethical limits and the only limit is that your freedom should not restrict freedom of other people. Absolute individual freedom in all areas, which manifests itself in the political system of the country as well – this is the philosophy behind western liberalism. It is argued that because there is always a minority and a majority in a human community, there is no choice but to force the minority obey the majority. This is the basis of western democracy. If a government follows this principle, it is legitimate as far as liberal democracy is concerned, otherwise it is not legitimate.