Misgivings About Democracy - Farewell to Individuality

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The road which led to the democracies that exist today was not free of problems. A common factor in the non-democratic movements in Europe in the 20th century was that they did not respect the individual, nor did they allow people to be different.

Nazism and Fascism aspired to a homogeneous population, in ethnic or national terms, while Communism wanted to create a society consisting of only one economic class.

But people are different and it is in the nature of democracy that it is precisely the differences between people that it recognises. When democracy disappears, the right to be different disappears too; and wherever respect for the individual disappears - whether because of disability, religion, ethnic origin, gender or sexuality - democracy also disappears.

Democracy is not a dictatorship of the majority; it is a form of government where all individuals in society are recognized as fully-fledged members, regardless of how they stand out from the rest, and where the members of society must adapt to those differences as a community. Every individual is entitled, solely by virtue of his/her existence, to the same personal security and the same personal freedoms in society.

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