CLA students reflect on what's great and not so great about democracy.
For a good democracy to function, there must be a proper representation of the population's voice. Having a voice basically includes voting, knowing what you're voting for, and getting that vote counted. If there is an impediment to any of those steps, the control starts to tip into the hands of the few and it is no longer a democracy."
—Anya Dikareva (psychology and art '09)
The problem is not that people don't believe in democracy, rather that they don't believe in themselves. In other words, living in a democratic society does grant us some power to make a difference, but it doesn't matter until people learn to look within themselves for the power and reasons to take action."
—Eddie Glenn (African American studies '08 )
“To most people, the meaning of democracy is the ability to have meaningful and substantive control over their lives in the public arena, but when the modes of production and distribution are in the hands of private corporations, citizens really have limited or no impact."
—James Bourque (political science '08)
“The problem with democracy is that political candidates get so caught up in winning they don't care about what's best for the country."
—Joni Coleman (child psychology '08)
“Having a government elected by the people means the responsibility is on the people. So, when we try to place blame on a certain political entity, we have to grasp the truth that the problem is—or should be—the mistake of the people."
—Christopher V. Stegeman (anthropology '08)