Why doesn't democracy work? The answer is alarmingly simple: voters (as a group) are ill-informed, badly educated and pathetically intellectually apathetic. Not to put too fine a point on it, voters are stupid.
If this comes as a shock to you, I'm taken aback. It is no great secret that people are–by and large–pretty dumb. There's a reason flat-Earthers exist; why we start wars in the name of "peace", why Kanye West can even moot running for the presidency without being laughed out of the building. There's a reason why in Nigeria, "Where do you come from?" is more important than "What can you do?"
I'm Tayo, and I think people are stupid. I think voters are stupid, and I think voting is stupid, since we allow just about any adult to vote. Look, we don't let just anyone jump behind the wheel of a car. We ask questions–serious, tough questions–before we allow people to become doctors or solicitors (US: lawyers). However, when it comes to deciding who ought to run our society, we let just anyone butt in and give their opinion. Seeing as how so very many people are utter imbeciles, that's ludicrous.
My colleague, Tony Fasulo, disagrees with me. He thinks the system is flawed (yeah, I'll say!) but it's redeemable, or some such guff. That's all very well and happy, fluffy bunny stuff, but back in the real world, what's to be done?
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