Blog Post #3

There are many benefits that come with living in a country that functions as a democracy. As citizens of a democracy, we have the right to vote in every election, deciding our own leaders and representatives. These leaders and representatives are also usually not in office for life, rotating on a regular basis. We also have access to most information about our government and it’s affairs. We have a fair amount of freedom in this country. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t any sort of disciplinary system in America. Far from it. In fact, based on recent events in the past few months, you can make the argument that this country in particular is staring to become increasingly more oppressive, more strict in it’s attitude toward the behavior of the American people.

Why is this exactly. Why is it that in a society that is supposedly built on the idea on freedom, not just America but any country with a functioning democracy, the government still feels the need to “discipline” its people. After all, shouldn’t the very idea of democracy prevent this from happening? Well the simple answer is in that in every society there is always going to be a rich and powerful elite, no matter how much one tries to prevent this from happening. And this elite group of people have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo, usually by any means necessary. And that includes using their tools, such as the media and the police, to keep common people in line and remind them of their place in this society. That is why even countries with the best democracies have no trouble enforcing discipline on the public.

2 Replies to “Blog Post #3”

  1. Michael,
    I have always thought that since we are able to vote, it makes us feel as though we the people, have control. We have the mindset that we know so much about our government, but there is so much that we do not know, because they don’t want us to know. We are given the ideas that we are so free, but our system says otherwise. I like your idea that we are a society built on “freedom”, yet we are disciplined. I believe that there should be a level of discipline, but not overbearing. That is the hard part, because how does one determine for all what is overbearing? I believe that the “elite” group using “discipline” in the USA is the police, but they are abusing their power to demonstrate this.

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