Democracy, Tyranny, and Liberty
Do democracies promote freedom? According to Prof. Aeon Skoble, it is definitely possible for democracies to promote freedom, but it is not a guarantee. This is due to a few flaws inherent in democratic systems:
- Majority belief in something does not necessarily mean that it’s true.
- Majorities are capable of being just as tyrannical as kings.
- Historically, democracies have elected tyrannical leaders.
If freedom is the primary value of a society, democracy might still be of use so long as there are boundary conditions on the democratic process that protect the rights of the individual.