Beginning with the ancient greeks, democracy has played a role in what is commonly thought of as effective governance. Based on the history, what effect has that governance created? Are democratic principles sufficiently principled? or are they based on superstitious ideology?
Is democracy a principle, or is it just a way of choosing? Is it both? Politicians often talk about democratic principles. Does that mean that democracy is a principle? If a principle is defined as a good thing, the democratic principle has failed to produce either the fruits of justice, or the foundations of competence. We are “democratically” laying waste to the environment shared by humanity. Is the democratic principle failing the democratic choice? or is the democratic choice failing the democratic principle? Are they both failing each other?
Choice and principle are both things that people have control over. They have some control over bad outcomes. Increasing the quality of results is possibly enhanced by establishing a goal. Which takes precedence, the goal, or the principle?
Moral values are not valuable unless they really ad value, in actuality. Reality exists. Harm has a negative value. Morality is not of the heart, but of the brain. Moral values that demonize real people are amoral because they are harmful. The harm is universal because the universe is real.
Amoral behavior is contrived in three ways innocence, apathy, and combat. Whatever its cause it can be identified, measured, and avoided. Because amoral behavior is actually harmful, the harm is scientifically controllable, an intellectual solution, not one of the heart. Moral behavior intentionally avoids harm intellectually. It needs constant public scrutiny to avoid harm, and to build trust.
Is democracy a goal, or is it just a way to reach one? Accepting democracy as a goal, validates the democratic results, which are appalling when they are amorally based. Results achieved innocently, apathetically, or combatively are likely to be hiding amoral behavior, harm.
Do poor people wreck the economy, or do economic deficiencies leave people poor? What is the purpose of economy, to punish or award people for their heritage? Or, is economy the way to serve and protect all people and the environment they share with each other and the future.
Democratic governance assumes moral behavior. Morality clearly and carefully travels away from harm toward benefit. Benefit? Ancient superstitions are hard to dispel. Conflict between people has visibly eroded the environment they share with each other and with future generations. Anger causes people to believe things that are not real, blame individuals for social harm instead of confronting the amoral behavior that actually causes it.
The pillars of democracy have their foundation in reality. There is one people and one environment where they can exist. Reality is universal. People are not independent they are a body, a democratic body with a single choice, to flourish and live with democratic truth or suffer and die with democratic lies.