“What do you think about suffrage, Yaw?”
“It is a democratic process, Mog. But I wonder if it is the right way for those countries with an uneducated population in the majority. The fate of some third-world countries are in the hands of that class of people.”
“Then, how do you exercise democracy in this instance, Yaw?”
“You don’t. Or at least not the way we know it as suffrage being a democratic process. For these countries, suffrage would be irrational. Since it is an enormous responsibility on the government’s part to exercise a just and egalitarian government, their first and foremost task is to educate their people. Only then can suffrage and referendums be meaningful and intelligent processes of democracy.”
“So in those instances, Yaw, a government that decides for the people is to be advocated?”
“Yes. You see Mog, it’s like a father with young children. They have to be shown the way until they are old enough to decide for themselves. Same for countries, whether third or first, whose population have absolutely no idea what the issues are or can be swayed by propaganda because they do not recognise it.”
“There’s just one glitch, Yaw. Absolute power in the hands of the unjust can be abused.”
“That is a risk that has to be taken.”
French push to curb ‘Non’ campaign: What IS the issue and NOT the issue?
A significant majority of the French seem to be planning to use the 29 May referendum to send a clear message of discontent to their president and his ruling centre-right party. Their dissatisfaction stems as much from domestic issues such as high and rising unemployment, as over growing French unease about the direction Europe is taking.
French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin has been reduced to pleading with the voters, saying that a Yes vote for the constitution will not be interpreted as approval for the government.