“Democracy v Psychology: why people keep electing idiots?”
The language which Dean Burnett uses in his article in the Guardian may be somewhat provocative, but it certainly gets a point across: We actually do not make sure that our politicians are qualified for the job. That makes us as citizens culprits, if things with our nations and world go wrong.
It is greatly amazing: Everybody in their professional life needs to prove they fulfil a specific set of qualification requirements, any hair stylist, any sales manager, and any doctor. Just our politicians don’t, even if the fate of our entire countries, of our entire world, to a large degree our lives and the lives of future generations depend on their professional qualification.
In democracies, it is us, the citizens, who govern. Not making sure that our politicians are qualified for the job is actually irresponsible. It will have effects on jobs, the stability of our nations, on international co-operation and peace, on how we handle the globe, even on the future of human dignity.
So we, as citizens, must make sure politicians have the required qualifications for their tasks.
What is the solution?
- We the citizens must take charge of our democracies.
- We must ensure they work properly.
- To do that we must establish an organisation: Citizens Controlling Democracy UK, for example.
- This organisation must write a precise job description for our politicians.
- It must identify clearly which specific qualifications are necessary to fulfil this task.
- It must make sure that each and every politician standing for election fulfils the specific qualifications required for their job.
Our world of seven billion people cannot afford words only, it cannot afford cynicism about democracy and the “idiocy” of our politicians only.
We must take constructive action.
So who will join Citizens Controlling Democracy UK?