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Chenty Abu

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Re: Democracy and Youth
Apr 13, 2012

I don't just see democracy in action but i feel it.

In Ghana, despite some few challenges, we enjoy democracy to the max. Some at a point even abuse, especially with the freedom of speech.

Democracy is in fact the best way of governance to promote and spread peace in a country. Ghana is an example of a peaceful democratic nation.

If you are interested in promoting demo for peace, join www.ec2012.org


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Re: Democracy and Youth
Apr 30, 2012

You might find a couple of articles on Democracy interesting.

One is on Jeffersonian Democracy.

The other is Real Democracy Is Coming to the U.S.A.

The author has also written related articles on the same site, submitting that real democracy has not come to the world yet, and that what we think are democracies are really not.

I agree, because being an American, I see that we don't have government that is actually of the people, by the people and for the people. We have government that is of, by and for the wealthiest few -- just like most other nations in the world.

This post was edited on: 2012-04-30 at 10:58 PM by: abbarighton


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Christopher Sharpe

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Re: Democracy and Youth
Sep 10, 2012

Re: What role do young people have in a democratic society?

Global youth have and should have the ability to play a vital role in the democratic life of their respective countries.

Currently, in much of the developed world, research has shown that levels of civic engagement (ex. voting, running for political office, volunteering for political campaigns, advocacy and general community engagement)among youth (aged 18-30) have been consistently trending downward for the past 30 years.

Among the chief consequences of this dis-engagement from civic participation has been the marginalization of youth voices from the democratic institutions of their respective countries. In democratic countries, governments and politicians follow votes. Groups and individuals that participate the most in civic life gain the most in electoral outcomes.

For example, in Canada, senior citizens (65+) are consistently the most active age demographic when in comes to voting, advocacy, volunteering on political campaigns and donating to political parties. In turn, they consistently have the ear of governments and are often able to successfully advance issues related to their age demographic (ex. secure pensions, supplemental funding and programs for age related health issues etc.)

With all the issues that currently affect youth: youth unemployment, underemployment, access to tertiary education, student loans, record debt levels) there is clearly a need for mass mobilization and re-engagement in the civic life of their respective countries.

The question really comes down to this: how can youth maximize the potential for success in their advocacy about issues they feel passionate about?

I believe there are three things youth should consider in their advocacy on any given issue:

1) Before advocating a particular issue or policy, conduct thorough research, evaluate the pros/cons of the argument and consult a wide variety of perspectives, especially ones that are different from your own. Doing these things will strengthen the credibility of your arguments and win respectability from others you hope to influence.

2) Always be constructive in your criticism. It is very easy to critique any policy, program, institution, government, politician etc. Anybody can find fault with anything. Constructive criticism is much more difficult but necessary to move forward. When you can critique a policy and then propose a well thought out alternative, you are enriching the debate.

3) While it is important to dream big and want to accomplish lofty and noble goals, you must also be practical. Most sustainable, positive change takes place over a long period of time. Have a longer term plan that has small, achievable goals that consistently keep you on track towards your big dream.


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ian rae

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Re: Democracy and Youth
Aug 4, 2013

Democracy is when you have the administration of things.


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Sep 24, 2013

Democracy is the essence of every society, where every citizens of the country wants their share towards making a successful govt. without the emergence of democracy, a country may face revolution by its youth factor. Since it is always believed democracy is the best form of govt. which gives enough & required freedom to entitle everyone a good society & a life full of opportunities.To get best transcription/translation services that under reasonable rates, visit http://www.gmrtranscription.com/prices.aspx.


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Re: Democracy and Youth
Sep 26, 2013

democracy is the administration(as in to dispense)of things.cool


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Jul 28, 2014

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Feb 5, 2015

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Wangchuk Chungyalpa

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Youth of Tomorrow
May 12, 2015

Today, it seems everyone is concerned about the youth. They are the future of the country but I wonder if the youth have stopped to consider what that means for them or what is expected of them. That is a big big expectation – future of the country. It merits a little thought and consideration. They must cultivate and practice fairness, tolerance, and most important of all ethics. We do not need SMART youth. We require honest, hardworking, and most importantly ethical youths. SMART youths are dime a dozen. You can get them by the bucket loads – normally advocating ideas, practices that are other than honest, fair, and ethical. Take for example issues such as climate change and poverty – how are these to be addressed? I cannot address climate change by saying today I feel so hot and warm or unusually hot and warm. Nor can I address blatant discrimination and communalism by saying it is just him or her alone. Than it is best not to speak on those issues because speaking in that fashion does more harm than good. It creates a certain standard or benchmark that others will have to follow and that is what the other party have been advocating all along. They want to implement just such a system. The fact that it is an ‘ISSUE’ tells us that there are conflicting views that needs to be resolved but not the way the SMART people advocate. What they advocate usually works against the oppressed and discriminated and hence their ‘SMARTNESS’ because they are with the “stronger” party.
If the youths of tomorrow are of this type. It does not bear well for the future of the nation or the world. There are serious global issues facing our generation and the future – climate change, poverty, immigration, economic development, economic equality, gender rights, health crisis, digital divide, education etc. There are other more subtle issues such as discrimination, pressure, stereotyping, that likewise needs to be addressed. If the youth do not have in them to even address these issues directly, how they can we expect them to take stringent actions to fight against these issues. I need not espouse what is ethics and what is fair. We all know the answer. The youth are not so young nor innocent to not understand these issues. One measure of character is being able to speak up and stand for what is right, what is correct, what is ethical …..regardless of the …odds. This, the youths need to learn ……and perhaps then we can achieve real change in the national arena and in the global arena.


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May 2, 2016

Our current youth needs to understand in depth the importance of democracy, and freedom of expression. If we are democratic, we are bound to build a favorable community full of justice and progress.


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