Democracy ignorant, bigoted and racist side of the country,
Democracy is defined as a government by the people or their elected representatives. The first article by RW Johnson (Johnson, 2007) asks the question “Is democracy good for everyone?”. In the opening of the article he lists a number of reasons as to why he believes democracies are better, highlighting accountability and participation on part of the voters and argues it forces both them and leaders to be more mature. The second article is an interview by Joan Pedro-Caranana with social activist Henry Giroux (Pedro-Carañana, 2017) on “The Menace if Trump”. He states that Trump’s politics are “a tragedy for democracy and a triumph for authoritarianism” and argues that he manipulates the democracy that elected him in order to gain personal power and brings about echoes of the fascism in the 1920s and 30s. The first article (Johnson, 2007) speaks of the benefits of democracy, Bryan Gould, a former British politician, even arguing that those who view democracy with contempt would find they lose something of real importance to them if we lived in a non-democratic society. However, we find that Giroux provides a very valid and current debate for why this is not the case, especially in America’s current political climate and the consequences of the actions if its leader. The voting system in place is what brought him into power, one that offers the right for everybody to vote however they please. Unfortunately, due to his play on the emotions of the American citizens, “Make America Great Again”, he tapped into the shadows of an ignorant, bigoted and racist side of the country, Giroux describing it as a “mix of politics and theatre mediated by emotional brutality”. This article highlights, that although there is a democracy in place with a fair vote for everyone, the elected president doesn’t represent the feelings and views of the whole country and thus proving as an example of why democracy isn’t good for everyone. In the namesake article (Johnson, 2007) Andrew Roberts, a British historian and journalist, suggests an alternate viewpoint to the other voices in the piece, of what would happen if countries that are currently dictatorships were to have a democratic election. For example in Arab countries, it is extremely like that a pro-al-Qaeda government will be voted into power as he argues that like in the Palestinian Authority, elections are just popularity contests between terrorist organisations. This argument, like Giroux described, explores the idea that perhaps a democracy in its fundamental values has good intentions, however would not work in countries where extremism exists and even in countries like America, “the free world” now has an uprising of such ideology. The articles show us that perhaps democracy is corroding in western societies where it is supposed to be at its strongest and that the concept of democracy when put into place will never be good for everyone.