Is democracy a system capable of dealing with the challenges of the future, and if not, what alternatives exist?
This is a thought I've been struggling with over the last few years. Like many of you, I was raised and educated with the fundamental belief that democracy was the ideal form of governance. For many reasons, I've become less convinced of this recently. With large sections of the population unconcerned with climate change, actively supporting policies that expand the wealth gap, committed to bigoted and hateful ideas, fetishizing guns and the military, and scoring education and science, I find it harder and harder to argue that anti-vaxxers and white supremacists should have as much influence over our country as anyone else, yet that is the foundational argument of democracy. It's hard to look at this country's management of health care, poverty, race relations, education, government surveillance, and even something as specific as our response to this pandemic, and argue that we live in a functional and ideal state.
I recognize the danger in marginalizing any part of the population. Hell, I know that even within the bubble of this community, there are several who probably believe this country would be better off without my voice or participation. But where do we go from here, and can we realistically believe that our democratic system possesses the tools needed to deal with the issues looming before us?