Thursday, July 12, 2012

On Democracy

Let us assume a newly formed state consisting of two political parties 'A' and 'B'. Our party 'A' first comes to power and performs miserably in its first term, thereby paving the way for 'B'. 'B' on the other hand performs exceptionally well and gets re-elected for its second term.

Let us consider that B has inhuman efficiency and forever it performs very well on all development fronts (at least it meets the low expectations of the society).

So, how can 'A' ever come back to Power?

Let us assume 'A' is exceedingly wise in the matter of Polity and hence evaluates the real alternatives it has while campaigning for the 4th elections.

'A' cannot portray developmental administration as their forte. So based on this itself it can never come back to power. They cannot also blame the incumbents for neglect.

We find ourselves in a utopian society. The only way 'A' can come back to power is through an imbalance in the delicately balanced Utopian society. The same can be done through ideological or religious turmoil. And through this they may come to power. This same cycle shall always continue.

So, if we have two good and efficient (as in for their own good) political parties, their eternal aim would be to keep the state in a condition of imbalance, owing to which they may hope to come back to power in a foreseeable future. If any state does reach Utopia, democracy - as we know it - will cease to exist.

Coincidentally, it aligns very well with the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which in simple word states, that entropy of a system always increases!


  1. Would Utopia have a party like A? Would they even need a Government?

    'The only way 'A' can come back to power is through an imbalance in the delicately balanced Utopian society.' Does this mean that B cannot become corrupt? Would things be static in Utopia?

    Does an increase in thermodynamic entropy increase general disorder in a society? :)

  2. I meant that with parties A and B (i.e. democracy), utopia can never be achieved or sustained. Political forces will always see to it that there is some discontent or turmoil in the state, which would help them to get elected

  3. You miss a very important point...Power Corrupts, Absolute Power corrupts absolutely.
    If Party B gains absolute power, it will slowly become corrupt because of intoxication of power (it is human nature), Thus Utopia will not be achieved. After a few years, people will start looking for alternatives which will be party be.
    I say so, because this is what happened with India - Congress is Party which was elected many times and became highly corrupt.

  4. I agree with what you said, and I did missed that knowingly.

    My post wanted to say that Democracy can never help a state achieve utopia. Hence I assumed that one party was the epitome of virtue (one which could not be corrupted), while the other was only human.

    So, even after assuming so much utopia could not be realized, hence I feel democracy would never be in a position to achieve utopia.

    Hope you get my point now.