Defining Democracy

Posted by Mr. Aldo Abram in the blog CIIM While we Argentines filled the mouth with the word “democracy”, we rarely worry about defining and often have no doubt that we are talking about the same thing. In my opinion it is a system that allows the election and change of government in a peaceful manner, through the vote of citizens. The basic conditions for living in a democracy are: a) the possibility that anyone can be proposed as candidate, b) that every citizen has the right to vote in the electoral act, and c) freedom of expression and opinion in order to participate in the discussion policy. So, can we talk about democracy when citizens are afraid of the reaction of the government, the views they might express? Therefore, it is despicable what happened to Mrs. Mirtha Legrand (). It should be noted that public officials are entitled to give their views and defend his administration, but always from the base of respect for citizens, which have been mandated. On the other hand, the Argentines and us have become accustomed to a subjugation of our rights by the government of the day is “covered” by a new institutional scandal.

I no longer remember the aberration of a media law that restricts freedom of choice for viewers and listeners. Especially those inside can not listen to their favorite announcers who make their programs in the Federal Capital, because in times of radio stations in the interior may not be resubmitted. Anyone who listens to the radio knows that the existing supply is ample and you can not talk about “monopolies” or lack of diversity of channels to voice an opinion. However, in addition, media law is a monster from the constitutional point of view. Therefore, we recommend reading the following article which, simply, allows a better understanding of the severity of their punishment.

It was in the newspaper La Nacion, January 11, 2010, pp. 13, wrote Dr. Marcela Basterra and is entitled “Who should defend the Constitution?” What Above is the view of Mr. Aldo Abram, executive director of the Research Center on Institutions and Markets in Argentina (C II MA-ESEADE) More articles and opinion pieces on economics, politics and social welfare.