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Is democracy necessarily better than a dictatorship?

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People in Hong Kong are holding peaceful protests calling for democracy and are being tear gassed in return by the state. The Arab Spring heralded an uprising in many countries against dictatorships but the resulting chaos makes me wonder if democracy is actually any better. Tony Abbott and David Cameron were both democratically elected, and in Belgium they famously went without a government for 589 days, with the country being perfectly well run by the Civil Servants with no sign of a democratically elected politician.

Those of us in Western-style democratic countries often assume that democracy is the de facto best option, but is it really?

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I'm really not sure at the moment. I always thought democracy was better than the alternatives, to paraphrase Churchill, but now I wonder. Countries that have been freed (whether they wanted to be or not!) from dictators seem to be in chaos, their populations living in far worse conditions than before. And yet the people of Hong Kong seem to think it would be preferable. I just don't know what to think any more.
This is a NO-Brainer.
Yes democracy is the better.
Someone needs to be in charge,but with the people's voices being heard.
Dictatorship in my opinion is wrong.One person giving out total law.No thanks.
I think democracy in it's current form is just as much a joke as autocratic leadership.
by Vee
Democracy in its current form is failing because of the corporate power within it, however it's definitely a better model than a dictatorship.

We've reached the point where we need to actually rip corporations out of politics if we want to save the planet and its residents, but democracy is a good starting block to build from.

I daresay we've known since the ancient Greeks were first practicing democracy that money and politics are a poor mix, but here we are!
I think that the theory of democracy is better than dictatorship. However democracies are still run by people...and this is where we run into problems!
Democracy is beautiful in regards to the privilege s and freedoms that are allowed, however, many individuals in the democratic world abuse their freedoms as well as enforce it on others. The playing field in dictatorship nations is leveled.

I think both systems have their pros and cons but I rather living in a democratic nation.

it depends on the rules and regulations of the dictatorship. As in China a few years ago all the food from the peasant farmers was taken by those in control and left them nothing to live on. In a dictatorship you don't have the freedom to protest and treatment of those outspoken was harsh.
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