Do people really know what democracy is? Do they really want it?

Sometimes it is a bit scary.

There are still many people out there who think that the EU is basically democratic, only a bit bureaucratic maybe and of course, there are issues with the Euro, but we can somehow still fix it all and “move Brussels into the right direction” ….

They don’t seem to know that if for example the so-called EU parliament had anything to do with democracy or democratic voting rules the majority of MEP’s would have to be from Germany since this is the country with the largest population in the EU. They also seem to ignore the fact that the EU “parliament” does not elect the EU Commission or the EU Council, the two bodies that can be seen as the EU executive or government. And we haven’t even started talking about the right of this “parliament” to decide on budgetary matters (which it can’t) or the separation of powers or the constitution of the board of directors at the ECB.

In Scotland, with regards to the planned independence referendum or as some put it, the “breaking up of the union”, I’m not sure if people know better about what democracy really means and how it should look like (is it compatible with monarchy for example?), but the main issue here seems to be that within the current economic climate they don’t seem to dare to go it alone, to break free and take matters into their own hands again. Many cling to the old idea of “the bigger, the better” which is obviously nonsense since if this was true, India and Indonesia should be much richer than Norway or Switzerland or Singapore for that matter.

In the end, it comes down to the same thing, whether you are too stupid or too lazy or too anxious: If for whichever reasons you can’t be bothered to look after your own country, odds are that other people will take matters into their hands. And it is by no means guaranteed that they will do so in a 100% benevolent way for you and your country, as can be seen in the way Brussels acts or London used to decide (and still decides) on many Scottish matters.

But maybe people everywhere get the governments they deserve.

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