Democracy for Dummies

Democracy for Dummies

Why should we study democracy?
To make a better choice.

We need to know politics because politics is so close to our daily lives.
For example, how much will the employer pay the worker, what credit will the professor give the student, and how many degrees should the radiator be in the classroom? Don’t break the curfew that your parents set.
As such, politics drives decision-making for all human groups.

What is politics?
Politics is the exercise of some part of a group’s power to bring collective decisions together. On the face of it, politics can be understood simply as power, but in politics just as power is a means. “Politics is the authoritative allocation of values,” said American political scientist David Eastern. In other words, distribution is more important than power, and distribution is our choice. For example, when setting a curfew with my parents, I agreed at 10 pm. This is the time of ten o’clock.
Another example is a five-day workweek. By choosing to work only five days a week, workers can be satisfied with their welfare. Employers can earn profits by improving worker productivity and be satisfied with each other.

Let’s go deeper
This is the era of nation-state where democracy and liberalism are mutually complementary. A nation-state can make a developmental direction when the three elements are combined well. First is Principle of Principle. Second is System. Third is Consciousness and Practice. The first and second principles are well observed in most national states. But some countries are doing well and some are not.
The key is citizenship and behavior. Since democracy is based on a majority system, people who are incompetent than the average people can be leaders.
Or it could be the birth of a Nazi in Germany, which had no virtue and had dictatorships or caused great damage worldwide. In other words, if there is a lack of democrats among the people who can vote, democracy cannot be done properly.
After Nazi Germany, many free citizens’ courses on democracy have been overcome.
It is necessary to understand the principles of democracy, to be convinced of the importance of this system, and to continue to consider how to do it well.

Difference between people with voting rights and citizens
A person who has the right to vote is one of the components of a nation-state, not a democracy. A citizen, on the other hand, knows what rights he or she has as a citizen and what duties. A person who actively performs his duties and actively exercises his rights.
In a nation-state, a person of competence needs more than a man who only maintains procedural validity. Even if there are many smart people, if they do not participate, the democratic political system becomes a tool in which a small number of powers are used to manipulate and mobilize people who lack the consciousness and pride as sovereigns of the democratic republic.

How, then, is it possible to distinguish between virtuous and competent merit-like leaders and those who are not? First, we need to analyze what went wrong in the previous cases and what was good in various ways. The public’s involvement in how to improve and what kind of wrongs can be avoided is necessary.
We must also fight undemocratic practices in our daily lives. In other words, don’t show yourself dictatorship to others. You shouldn’t hit children at home, even with flowers. We should be wary of treating people as a means and be constantly engaged in social and political space. You should start with something as small as a signature movement.

We are constantly in politics to make better choices than before. We cannot live without politics and develop without politics. This is why we need to know politics properly.
Based on this background, our group will do a dynamic visual project for people who are indifferent to politics.

 

Reference:

-Yu Simin(2017), What is the State Korea, Dolbegae
-youtube, Why Study Politics ? or Importance of Political Science, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9YEAVorSKM
-youtube, Why study politics, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWmvzSOB-D0
-youtube, Why it’s important for youth to engage in politics | Corbin Kelley | TEDxYouth@DoyleAve, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpVY-nQjD3k

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