Whether you follow the latest political news or not, the troubles in the Middle East and especially those of late must have come to your attention at some point in the past year or so. The major issues occurring are the wave of revolutions sweeping the Arab world known as the Arab Spring. And as much as emotionally sympathetic I feel for all the revolutions against tyrants and dictators who farm nations and the labours of people for their own personal leisure, I cannot take any side in this conflict. I certainly do oppose the stagnating and oppressive governments of the region but I also oppose the opposition groups, parties and generally most alternatives being proposed.
Democracy which is being heralded as the ideal political system has far too many faults and weaknesses to be considered safe. People have a right to choose how to live their lives, and if electing someone to tell them what to do and how to do it is their preference then I'm very happy for them to get what they ask for. However, Democracy does not implement the people's will, rather it implements the will of the largest group and this is then oppressively enforced on the minority. Saying 'minority' is even a bit of a stretch as the elected party is not necessarily the majority of the population, but rather the largest group of all the possible groups. So for example in the last UK general elections (2010), the Conservative party won 47.1% of the seats, the Liberal Democrats won 8.8% and Labour won 39.7%. To win the elections a coalition was formed between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats to reach a seat majority and gain power. This "majority" under a Democratic system justifies that slightly less than 50% of the voters who didn't vote for either the Conservatives nor the Liberal Democrats can be oppressed by them. Infact in the last general elections the voter turn out was approximately 60%. If anything, it is the majority of the population in the UK who are being ruled by a party they did not choose. It is only that this majority either didn't vote or those who voted were divided into other individuals and parties.
Furthermore, since when was the majority on a more scientifically and universally correct path towards human progress? Is it not the majority who hounded innovators and free thinkers? Is it not the brave minority, the few individuals who dared to go against the typical and the common and it is them who steered human history towards where we are today? Was the majority not always, as Emma Goldman said, an "idealless and visionless mob"? This is not a condemnation of mass action, general strikes or popular revolutions. I am also not condoning that people should be lead by leash towards whichever destiny their master determines for them. Far from it! Infact, I think the mob should break up into individuals where each individual becomes his or her own master and leads his or her own life towards whichever destiny they desire. This is freedom! It is more freedom than any Democratic system that creates the dictatorship of the majority can provide.
But I will add another fault of Democracy. Currently in Egypt, it appears the Islamist parties are winning in most elections. This comes with little surprise as literacy rate in Egypt is 71% (59% females, 83% males) and only about 30% of Egyptians signed up for higher education and only half of these ever graduate. It is this majority that is winning the elections and it is only normal that it is being won in favor of Islamists. These days where ignorance and illiteracy is abundant, you will find religion being held with high regard. If I was an Egyptian and I found that after Democracy is implemented the farmers, beduins and peasants won the elections for the Islamic parties to govern with laws written over a thousand years ago, I would most definetly consider myself unjustly oppressed - even if I was in the minority. People can live under their Islamic laws if they so want, but to enforce it on others against their will is nothing short of tyranny.
Finally, I want to add that I will not wave the flag of any country or support the political borders that seperate one human from another based on creed, language or currency. Being Syrian or waving the Syrian flag (whichever of the two flags) is unacceptable for me as I do not support nation states nor their symbols.