Politics involve two fundamental factors: (1) The organization of interactions among humans, and (2) our natural focus on providing food, clothing and shelter for ourselves and our families.
As the number of humans in close proximity to each other increases, the need for organization of human interactions increases, but the majority of people are more concerned with their own needs than they are with the needs of their society. This results in a power vacuum that is filled by power-hungry individuals who gratify themselves by providing the organization (rules) the society needs.
These power-hungry individuals are autocratic. When their rule is considered excessive by the people, the people demand a greater say in their own governance. Successful autocrats recognize the latent power in the people they rule and do what they can to meet their people’s needs without compromising their own authority. Unsuccessful autocrats inflame the people to revolt.
Revolutions require leaders. Usually, the leaders are power-hungry individuals who seek to replace the existing order. They are, or become, masters of inciting public ardor in their favor. Their goal is not to empower the people, but, in recent centuries they have used that as their rallying cry. That was true, even in our own country, where the leading figures, with the exception of George Washington who strenuously opposed their efforts, formed political parties to support their bid for power.
True democracy has no champions. It offers no rewards for individuals or vested interests; it gives no individual or group an advantage over others. Hence, it offers no incentive for power-seeking individuals or groups to advocate its adoption.
Democracy will not succeed until we recognize that there are many among us with the ability and the integrity to improve our lives. We must devise a way to seek them out and raise them to public office as our representatives in our government.