SMH | Opinion | Luca Belgiorno-Nettis

Forget democracy, we need a new way to govern

Sydney Morning Herald, April 22, 2014

Ten years ago, in 2004, I decided to jump off the merry-go-round of political party fund-raisers. I found both the rubber chicken and the political offering equally unappetising. My Liberal and Labor party hosts, on the other hand, seemed perfectly articulate and competent.

Yet for me, they came across as salesmen more than statesmen. When I asked once whether there might be a better game plan, my host’s retort was Winston Churchill’s: “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” Churchill damns with a challenge: “that have been tried”. It’s probably true that, in the modern era, other forms of government have failed, but I asked myself, why stop there?

If the actual work of politicians is to negotiate our differences and facilitate consensus, then I think, today, they are failing us miserably. But it’s not their fault. They’re not “bad people” – they are simply responding intelligently [as does the voter] to an adversarial political framework that discourages dialogue and consensus.

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