Recent events in politics exposes the essential truth that Western ‘representative’ democratic systems are now so fatally flawed true democracy is now un-achievable. With the onset of unfettered global capitalism and modern communications, we now have discredited media moguls, maverick billionaires, cashed up extremist single interest groups among others, all swaying outcomes via a sensationalist media and a culture of opportunist careerist politicians. With the Australian political culture so dumbed down by a media diet of meaningless trivia, and largely deprived of adequate formal education in politics and current affairs, collectively we have little hope of adequately addressing the important issues that face us as a nation. The solution - scrap compulsory voting, introduce compulsory formal political education and a licensing system so only the interested and informed can vote. Moreover, technology now allows direct democracy to occur via the net and should be embraced by the nation. Representative democracy is an anarchic system that is no longer viable or suitable for modern times.
Dr Ivan Molloy.