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In the previous section, I theorized that popular thinking about improving democracy cannot transcend any of the 12 limitations of the western democratic model. In my description of the 12 limitations, I theorized that the limitations are instinctual nature for political parties for they are how political parties find electoral success over their rivals. If my theories are correct, then we have, in essence, a system where the flaws are absolutely necessary for the system to work as well as it does.

So we are left with a choice: do we just accept the 12 limitations as unfavourable traits of our most favourable system of governance—or do we look for ways to transcend these obvious flaws?

If we are to start looking at transcending the 12 limitations, then we have to realize that they are an integral part of political parties. Trying to separate the parties from these limitations is like trying to separate claws and fangs from lions to make them become vegetarians.

Consciously or unconsciously, the recognized experts already know the symbiotic relationship between the parties and their limitations. This is why their discussions centre around keeping the political parties in place—and suggesting improvements that really have nothing to do with the 12 limitations.

The next chapter offers a replacement system of governance—one without political parties and the 12 limitations the parties bring to the public decision-making process.


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