What started as an experiment in Athens over two thousand years ago eventually pervaded everycontinent and every land. Democracy, Democracy, Democracy is the repeated call that bellowsfrom the four corners of the globe. It is the established order in a chaotic and unstable world,where every critic of democracy is viewed with heretical suspicion. For every political problem,we are told, lies a democratic solution. For every civilization, for every country for every tribe,for every time - goes the mantra - democracy is the claimed answer to all our ills.A remark by John Adams, the second President of the United States.Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. Therenever was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.Adams remarks were true then and arefast becoming true now, especially in the Western world, the heart of the democracys home turf. Corruption, incompetence, growing debt and a feeling that politics just doesnt work for the ordinary man is now prevalent in most if not all major democratic countries. Some argue that the problems that have arisen are due to bad implementation and apolitical class that has lost its bearings. Yet the problem of secular democracies originates notfrom bad implementation but shaky theoretical foundations. The view that laws become superiorto other laws based on the number of people voting for them is as absurd as it is dangerous. Wecertainly dont decide scientific progress based on the number of people who support a position,if we did then Galileo, Copernicus and the hundreds of scientists who spoke truth to power andwho struggled against public opinion must have been wrong. We decide trials based on thequality of evidence not on the numerical superiority of witnesses on any particular side. Ifpeople, as they did in the 1930s, vote for a populist leader who would later kill millions of Jewsand start a world war, does this validate their choice just because they constituted a majority at apoint in time. No it doesnt. The very word democracy (people power) rooted in Greek was the real give away. This is whythroughout the ages from Socrates to Jefferson, from Plato to John Stuart Mill the concept ofmob rule and the tyranny of the majority was the fear. This phrase, tyranny of the majority wasoriginally quoted in Alexis de Tocqueville in his book 'Democracy in America and was thenpicked up by Mill in his work 'On Liberty. The concern was that laws would not be decided onthe basis of societal benefit by the majority but would instead be rooted in self interest,emotional passions and parochialism, an attempt to usurp the rights of the minority. As ThomasJefferson stated A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of thepeople may take away the rights of the other forty-nine. Plato and Aristotle were especiallyhostile to the tenets of democracy. Winston Churchillalso joked that the main argument against democracy was a ten-minute conversation with the average voter. The reality is democracy never existed in reality as it is not the representation of majority but minority because the votes gets divided among several candidates. It is actually giving the power of legislation to an elite class to make laws and decide right and wrong from limited human wisdom. AAMIR ZEB, Peshawar, July 29.