Yardstick of Democracy
30 December, 2010
Yardstick of Democracy

Evaluating today’s world, one could say without overly strong political qualms that the world is democratically minded. To a certain satisfactory extent of course!
And Georgia is within the pack. Measuring democracy is a trendy branch of current social studies – books are being written and published on the subject, media is into various kinds of polls on the issue, and the perked-up ears are resolutely alert about the generated figures, later feeding the public consciousness by using the most

convenient angles for presenting the poll results, at times even displaying libelous data in the name of free speech. In democracy, as Mario Puzo would have put it ‘The media are sanctified criminals who rob institutions and private citizens of their good name, just to sell their newspapers and commercials’. But the thing is that on the whole, man is still a little vague on the current choice (democracy) – whether it is the best (or not) among the ideas produced by the brilliant minds of civilization in the last five millenniums. Part of the world (Russia, etc) is even openly fighting the public dominance in making the major societal decisions. Stating that every nation should entertain its own measurement for the level of democracy in the country might sound a bit weird because democracy is a democracy is a democracy. Why call it other names? All is clear and known without this. Georgia too may not have its own national yardstick of democracy, but there are things that have to be taken into consideration anyway, like age of democratic movement in the country, the 70-year socialist experience imposed on the people, the vulnerable national psyche, the speed with which Georgia has to catch up with older democracies, the novelty of the idea in general, economic strength of the nation, political savvy of the generations who are embracing democracy together but are miles apart from each other on many other issues. The list may go on and on and on. So should we be happy with where we are in terms of democratic developments in Georgia, or take the occasional unfavorable results of international polls as the defeat of democracy in the country? My unbending evaluation would be that we be glad with where we stand right now and never stop working on bettering the situation. Democracy is an endless movement forward to a fairer world in which we all endeavor to live, but it may not be obtained overnight. Not a single country has been good enough in the world to have mustered the optimal measurements of democracy in a twinkle of an eye. Georgia should be given a chance too. The yardstick of democracy to be used here will certainly be manufactured based on the size and quality of the truth the media would be given an opportunity to operate on, the freedom of a judge to arbitrate the right and wrong accordingly, and the methodology we want to apply to the election process on every possible level. This is undeniable. We cannot avoid this. Thank God, the controversy never stops in Georgia on how far and how well this nation is into the human invention, called democracy.

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