Democracy and dictatorship

Democracy and dictatorship. The two most common forms of government often at odds with one another. When comparing the two forms of government democracy (in my opinion) is the better form of government as it is run also by the people rather than dictatorship that is controlled by fear instead of the public.

Nazi Germany is the common name of Germany between 1933 and 1945, when Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party controlled the country through a dictatorship. Under Hitler’s rules, Germany was transformed into a totalitarian state that was able to control almost all aspects of German life through the Gleichschaltung legal process. Germany under the control of Adolf Hitler very quickly became a dictatorship. A dictatorship requires one person and one party to be in control of a nation and a climate of fear; this was provided by Himmler’s SS. On July 14th 1933, a law was passed by Hitler making it illegal to create a new political party. It also made the Nazi Party the only legitimate and legal party in Germany. Personal freedoms soon disappeared in Nazi Germany after falling under Hitler’s control. In Nazi Germany anti-semitism became official government policy; taught in the schools, elaborated in ‘scientific’ journals and research institutes, and promoted by a large and highly effective organisation for international propaganda. During World War II an estimated 5.7 million Jews were exterminated by the Nazis in mobile killing units and death camps such as Auschwitz, Chelmno, Belize, Majdanek, and Treblinka. They were killed either through hard labour or were starved to death. Once the Nazis succeeded in ending Germany’s democracy and turning it into a dictatorship they formed a very large propaganda campaign to win the loyalty and cooperation of Germans. The Nazi Propaganda Ministry, took control of all forms of newspapers, magazines, books, public meetings, and rallies, even art, music, and radio. Views or opinions that were in any way threatening to Nazi beliefs were censored or eliminated from all media. The Nazis led a dictatorship that would eventually result in mass deaths and restrictions of public freedoms, all of this making it a strict and discriminatory place of inhabitance.

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New Zealand is democratic country in which the MP’s are chosen in fair and free elections and there are multiple parties to vote for. In New Zealand we currently use a MMP voting system to elect our MP’s and Prime Minister. It is a proportional system, which means that the proportion of votes a party gets will largely reflect the number of seats it gets in parliament. With the MMP system each voter is given two votes. The first vote is for the political party the voter chooses. This is called the party vote and greatly decides the total number of seats each political party has in parliament. The second vote is to choose the MP the voter wants to represent the electorate they live in. This is called the electorate vote. The candidate who gets the most votes wins. They do not need to get more than half the votes. Because New Zealand runs a democracy a part of that is holding general elections every three years. These elections are held to allow the public to hear new policies of other MP’s and to refresh the government ad country by allowing someone new to change the country for the better. Political parties are an integral part of maintaining a democratic society. They are a feature of the MMP voting system. New Zealand is home to multiple political parties with collaborate and work together to provide the New Zealand we now know as home. New Zealand is a safe and fair place to live mainly because we are governed by a democracy. This democracy gives the country and all of its citizens are given free thought and speech. All religions, ethnicities, cultures, and sexualities are permitted in New Zealand, which raises and gives the public almost all or total freedom.

The two forms of government are almost polar opposites. A democracy allows the people to govern the land through majority rules voting. A dictatorship take any and all freedoms of the general population, and places it all in the hands of a single, absolute ruler. A dictatorship is a form government where the majority and in some cases, all of the power is granted to an individual. The people that under the dictatorship are unable to make changes to their government and political system. Whereas democracy thrives on freedom, a dictatorship runs on fear and oppression. In dictatorship no competitive elections are held meaning there is no chance to overthrow or unseat the dictator. A democratic government is run by the people. Elections are held often, where citizens are able to vote for the candidate whom they feel feel will best suit their personal wants and needs. Despite the fact that citizens are unable to make encore laws there is an expectation that the elected representative will act on their behalf. Democracy in my opinion is the best form of government because it derives it power from all the people not just a ‘superior’ or small group. Considering the fact the people in charge are put there by the people themselves there is less need to violently overthrow the government. The people can rather elect someone new if they feel their needs are being neglected. Freedom is also a huge aspect of democracy. Freedom of thought, speech, worship, and actions often help build and reinforce the government. However, dictatorship is a poor form of government as it is a government run on fear. Since there are no laws voted on or for by the people, lawmaking and law enforcement can often become ruthless and violent. Propaganda is also often thought of as an issue in dictatorship because it mainly leads to believe sets or rules and facts as true, when in reality they are being manipulated by their own government. It goes without saying that there is no allowance for freedom in dictatorship. For those reasons I stand by my opinion that democracy is a safer, fairer, and better form of government.