Monday, October 2, 2023

Hybrid Form Of Democracy

The first and foremost aim of each political party is to prevail over the other in order to get into power or to stay in it. But, no leadership is absolute.

Political leadership exerted according to the democratic method is even less so than are others because of that competitive element which is of the essence of democracy.

Professor Joseph Schumpeter wrote those thoughts in his 1942 book Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy. From 1925 to 1932, Schumpeter was the Department of Economics chairman at the University of Bonn. He fled Nazi rule in 1932 and became a professor of economics at Harvard. He taught at Harvard until he passed in 1950.

In his book, Schumpeter talks about the political structure of democracy. He said the primary function of the popular vote is to produce a government in a democracy. We all have the right to object to political leadership. But only the elected few get the chance to change the government's social direction. Political leaders from both parties usually respond to political threats by taking a middle course, which includes subtly insisting on discipline and putting up backdoor roadblocks that thwart political enemies.

Political leaders temper pressure using judicial concessions, a thirst for compliments, and half-baked promises. Those political maneuvers usually result in a considerable amount of media attention. Media attention motivates politicians to act in a ritual-heavy way while other issues sit in a boiling pot of political rhetoric.

The two-party system is an ever-changing structure. Our elected officials may not focus on issues that promote public welfare even though they believe in and agree on fixing blaring issues. Both parties create flexible principles that promote the success of their party. But those principles may not enhance the success of democracy.

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