Democracy is Superior to Autocracy Despite its Imperfections

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Essay #: 063246
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Democracy is Superior to Autocracy Despite its Imperfections
Introduction
Sir Winston Churchill addressed all matters of democracy and its alternatives in a well known statement on Democracy as a bad form of government and yet the best – as all the other kinds of government had been tried and found unsatisfactory. It is not difficult to notice imperfections in democratic systems of government, around the world, but one does find a model that deals quite well with some feature of human nature. Just as capitalism, as liberal democracy implies, makes use of human acumen or ordinary greed, there is democracy’s way of diffusing dissent that can otherwise bring instability. As every autocratic and therefore, authoritarian regime knows,...
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..... a democracy allows them. Persons having known life under authoritarian regimes can very much value the vote, liberty, laws that are fair or can be altered, and some sense that they can produce change.
These are threats to systems relying on control, regulation, or punishment, as in not allowing free movement or trying to intimidate or remove those who criticize leadership. Two unwanted results seem common in fearful or apathetic people who cope rather than progress, and instability, as the result of extreme dissent. Democracy, in all of its inefficiency, class gaps, or other faults, does seem a model that can lower dissent, allow progress and the liberty and choice that persons tend to want very much who must tolerate authoritarian states.