02.03.2024 Feature Article

Democracy: a servant to mankind?

Democracy: a servant to mankind?
02.03.2024 LISTEN

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in an unprecedented speech outside No. 10 Downing Street yesterday (01.03.2024) raised his concerns about the extremists and Islamists in his nation that put democracy in his country at risk.

The Weimar Republic (1918-1933) was the first form of German modern democracy. It failed to address the issues of Germans and was not capable of fighting against the increased physical violence of the far-right military organizations SA and SS subsequently.

The Federal Republic of Germany (23.05.1945 till now) saw the formation of a few political parties. In the 1970s/80s, the established parties no longer addressed the environmental concerns of Germans. The Green Party was founded and soon part of the political establishment. After German Reunification the old SED party of the former GDR turned into the Die Linke party and joined the group of well-established parties in parliaments.

The migration crisis at the turn of the new millennium saw the far-right AfD see the day and generated more and more seats in parliament. The party is a result of the established parties not addressing the grievances of the voters anymore to their satisfaction.

Any student of Political Sciences in his first semester at university learns to read the German Constitution and the reality of it. Art. 38 determines the MP is only responsible for obeying his consciousness not the will of the voters, his party, lobbying groups, etc.. Art. 31 mandates political parties to help and educate the German voters. Art. 30 determines the people as the sovereign. The deeper analysis of these GG (Grundgesetz/German Constitution) Articles in comparison with the constitutional reality lectures each Political Sciences student that we do not live in a people's democracy but a party democracy with a close determination link to the ministerial bureaucracy.

The Constitutional Reality of Germany PM Rishi Sunak addressed yesterday in his speech really as the German mechanism applies to his country as much as to other democratic jurisdictions. It exposes the weakness of modern-day democracy to see political parties and their survival mode as paramount over the wishes and concerns of the people. If political parties had taken voters more seriously extreme parties would have no chance to reach the status of a party on the ballot sheets in the first place or see people supporting their ideas in the numbers we see today.

The weakness of modern-day democracies gets exposed to the people daily as long as their constitutional right is not back in their hands in the reality of the constitution. History seems to repeat itself that the weakness of the political party system might lead to the end of the democracy they are mandated to be the guardians of.