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A next step for democracy

Education, art, religion, science, health care, everything that happens in these sectors, should take place in a ‘free zone`. Those who are working in these sectors should be able to do their work based on their own skills and experience, while those who would like to make use of their services, should be able to choose freely. These are areas where majority decisions or point of views are not relevant and where professionalism and freedom of choice should not be regulated by democratic decisions. Here, freedom is the guiding principle.


In the economy, a different principle should be leading, i.e. the principle of brotherly cooperation and sharing. Economic activity should focus on fulfilling needs (of the consumer) and in order to carry out that task, it is not effective to work based on democratic majority decisions. The economy works better if the decisions and organization are based on expertise, experience and entrepreneurship.


Equality, clearly for a reason one of the three ideals of the French Revolution, belongs to the area of democracy; the area where people give form to their mutual relations. Here every human being has one vote, here we form laws and regulations based on the equality of man, and here we respect the independence that basically lives inside every human being.


In a democracy we can discuss and decide about matters that concern all of us; issues that affect every human being and on which, therefore, we all depend.

These issues are, for example:

  • what rights do we create for people who are sick or disabled? For instance income-wise;
  • what rights do we create for children? Think about education;
  • what rights (for instance income) do we create for people who, because of their age, do not have to work anymore?
  • how do we divide the amount of work that has to be done so that these and/or other rights can be substantiated?


Apart from the above, in this democratic area - where we form laws and regulations and where all people participate in equality - we have to make sure that art, science, religion, education, etcetera can develop and prosper in freedom, while on the other hand we have to define the limits of the economy from this democratic zone. The latter can be done, for example, by democratically shaped legislation enforcing that all questions concerning employment and income are issues that the democracy decides about; or by legislation requiring that all environmental damage caused by economic activity has to be compensated for directly via the price of the products and/or services.


When we would only attend to the issues raised above in the area of justice and democracy, and leave all other matters – that the democracy is now unjustly interfering with - to be decided about elsewhere, we would really take the development of democracy one step further!


John Hogervorst

June 2014

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