Trust Deficit in Democratic Societies

Sivaramakrishnan A By Sivaramakrishnan A, 2nd Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Democratic sytems are unraveling, coming unstuck. Though freedom is achieved after sterling sacrifices, the coterie of leaders and political parties are locked in endless politicking, putting paid to meeting even the basic aspirations and needs of common people.

Liberal Democracy

We have searched high and low to arrive at the most ideal of all political systems that is fair to everyone; Liberal Democracy. The common citizens count, and equally too! There are no elites; anyone can lead and if that happens to be from the common stock, even better as they know the pulse of the vast majority. And we should soon be on our way to utopia! That is how it is supposed to work anyway, where all are equal. But sadly, there are elites still that play out the rest as a matter of course, get the plumb pickings; even create an exclusive ruling class. What an irony in the end!

Democratic systems are obviously unraveling. People are becoming cynical. In fact, it looks like they are fighting those that they elected to office and thereby the government in power! If such symptoms are evident even in developed countries and societies, then what about the plight in nascent democracies? The latter have just managed to take their baby steps after being under colonialism, communism, and totalitarianism. They should not lose hope as a better political system is yet to evolve, or it will be back to plain old anarchy!

Endless Politicking and Blame games

Who is to blame for our ills? The people have limited choices anywhere. Their aspirations are clear enough. They want rule of law, equitable opportunities for their talents and hard work rewarded. Most want to be left alone, having done their part in electing from those who put themselves to political offices. Unfortunately, the reality soon stares at them; all prove equally bad and get worse as time goes by!

Warren Buffet made an impassioned plea to tax the rich more; not less, as it looks at present! But some are skeptical; is it just a holier than thou posturing? Why not just give it away to all and sundry with minimum fuss? But then, many do not trust the government to do their job even if the wealthy hand over their hoards.

There is clearly a trust deficit in our societies. And no one is spared; all political leaders are painted with the same brush. Even after being elected on the basis of promises that are hard to resist, soon enough, they are found to be toothless and playing games! They hit one road block after another and at each other's throats! Endless elections loom and the party’s interests are at the forefront while the people and the countries fight to stay alive. The process is repeated ad nauseam! The common citizen’s patience is tested time and again.

Time for Commonsense to assert

People have revolted against monarchy, totalitarianism and communism, but what about those in democratic societies? Do they have a better alternative? In India, there has been an anti-corruption movement led by a 74-year old social activist. It is even called an "Arab Spring" in the making - a la Egypt-like overthrow in the world's biggest democracy! Slowly, the tipping point could be reached if nothing is done to respond to the basic aspirations of citizens and the elected leaders continue to play games. There are limits to patience even in societies where there are outlets to elect and change governments.

Our lives are at stake as we wait with bated breath that reason and logic will prevail soon enough. Europe is simmering in discontent with harsh measures being implemented to rein in deficits and debts. America is also hitting roadblocks with intractable issues and summer and winter of discontent could boil over if the trust deficit is not dealt with head on.

The whole democratic system seems to be spinning out of control. Rhetoric is a poor substitute for sincerity of purpose, actions needed to repair the damage and for fine-tuning of the system so that it works to our benefit. In the mean time, we live on hope that the healing process would start for a better future. There is a cry in the wilderness everywhere, though sounds a distant thunder now, getting too audible in democratic societies; some irony indeed!

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Arab Spring, Cry In Wilderness, Endless Politicking, Liberal Democracy, Occupy Wall Street, Ordinary People, Trust Deficit

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author avatar ittech
3rd Mar 2012 (#)

Powerful as always ... Always guarantee a good read with you my friend..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks ittech. Now I have to strive even harder! siva

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author avatar Buzz
3rd Mar 2012 (#)

You never cease to amaze me with your profound wisdom, siva-ji. Thanks for this great write.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks Buzz, Every comment of yours makes me strive for the better! siva

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author avatar Melinda Bocook
3rd Mar 2012 (#)

You and me are on the same page, I really enjoyed this story. Thank you for the share, thank you for posting this, I feel you have your eyes opened to the New world to come.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks Melinda for your support and words of encouragement - siva

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author avatar Retired
3rd Mar 2012 (#)

Powerful indeed. Important insights, as usual, Sivaji.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks for your unfailing support, Rama-ji. Your words touch my heart always - siva

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author avatar Denise O
4th Mar 2012 (#)

Siva, I always enjoy your pages. They are well written and always with a powerful message attached. Love it! As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks Denise, your support and kind words always touch my heart - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
4th Mar 2012 (#)

Siva it is wonderful how you get right to the essence of what is going on and put it out for all to see..thank you so very much and for all your support..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks cnw, for your support. I write what I am passionate about and comments like yours encourage me no end - siva

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author avatar Jules Castillo
4th Mar 2012 (#)

very intelligent views....

i still love the good side of a democratic society

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks cowboy, I remember how much Philippines suffered under President Marcos. And now enjoying the "festival of democracy". Yours is a country with talented people and I am sure a golden age beckons you - siva

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Your article seem like you did my work! Well done. Thanks.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks Karim, for the compliment - siva

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author avatar D in The Darling
9th Mar 2012 (#)

Another powerful piece from the man with an eye that can see and an ear that can hear.

If we'd have a lot of people like you, this could be a new school and politicians would soon enroll in large number to change their attitude and become truthful.

Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks D, for such praise. I see the poor are short-changed everywhere by politicians who are like the new emperors with hereditary powers to rule. Why should they play politics with the lives of the poorest of the poor? Have basic understanding on what needs to be done that should be above petty politics - siva

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author avatar Judy Ellen
10th Mar 2012 (#)

Such is humanity without God! I agree with you 100%! I too have become disillusioned with our government!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks Judy for your support. We are all in the same boat - seeing how disconnected the political leaders are forgetting the urgent tasks and promises made. They forget the basics while fighting for power - siva

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author avatar Songbird B
15th Mar 2012 (#)

How this cry is echoed by the multitude my friend. For so long the Elite have got away with so much, but the tide is turning.. A powerful insight and message Sivar..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks SB, Rampant misuse of democratic system when few enrich themselves at the cost of the most deprived - siva

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