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Marc Bloch

An Imperfect Process

Democracy is representative of the will of the majority, our major problems stem from experimenting with various models of ‘imperfect’ democracies. A social state in a true democracy is one in which everyone has equal rights without hereditary or arbitrary differences of rank or privilege. By this simple yardstick alone, do we really have democracy in Pakistan? Is every adult vote actually cast freely in our country in the manner that democracy requires it to be meaningful? Are the votes cast recorded fairly? Democracy means government of the people, by the people and for the people. Does the majority really rule or are we hostage to a powerful minority? One that can tamper at will with results at the ballot box? The problem is the leaders who get elected by the people to rule over the country are reluctant in their turn to give power to the people to rule over their own communities.

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Feudalism Stunts Democracy

The historian Marc Bloch defined “feudal society” as a warrior aristocracy bound by vassalage. A lord was a noble who held land, the land was called a fief. Those granted possession by the lord were called vassals, expected to give service to their lord. Wealth was derived from agriculture organized not by market forces but by customary labor services owed by serfs to landowning nobles.

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