AlfaT8 wrote:Democracy+Universal Suffrage is terrible.
Eventually the voters will figure out they could have it all by voting for politicians who promise more Welfare.
Or the politicians will figure out they could just open the border and import voters to put them in power.
That is exactly the plan of the globalist centre left coalition (that stopped being the worker's party decades ago) in Italy.
This is why the "Privilege" to vote must be restricted, to only those that contribute.
Russia is gonna face this problem eventually.
It's not easy to find a good compromise about it, and the introduction of welfare has been a positive fact. The problem is when something given to help the citizen is abused, and when it is used from criminal politicians just to get more votes from people without thinking about the consequences.
In some places welfare and benefits have been used to "dumb down" the population and make them sort of slaves. In addition it is a disincentive to honest work, when unemployment "benefits", including loadging and money are given almost without control and without time limit. In some cases (e.g. in England) people prefer stay at home and do nothing, than work for a minimum wage, because they can achieve the same or a better lifestyle doing nothing.
In addition giving the same welfare to people that are just new to a country and never worked and paid taxes there is wrong and creates a lot of social unrest. In Switzerland a non citizen coming to work has unemployment protection only after obtaining permanent resident status, that means at least 5 years of work and contribution inside the swiss federation.
Unfortunately in many parts of the world we lost the understanding of the importance of personal responsibilities, and don't understand anymore than nothing is given for free, but there is always a price associated, even if we don't see it.
"There ain't no such thing as a free lunch" (TANSTAAFL).
In addition, the new left equalized really important welfare conquests (paid sick days, a decent number of paid vacations per year, contributions for children, parental leave and employment protection in the first couple of months to help people get on their feet and land a new job,etc) with other kind of "benefits" that are detrimental to the state and the population in the long run.
Helping honest workers and taxpayers with partial tax exemption for each of their children is one thing, and it s of extreme importance.
Maintaining indefinitely people that do not want to work, but can exercise the same political rights is simply wrong.
No citizen should receive money and welfare from the state without working and paying taxes first, unless they have a temporary injury or a permanent condition that prevent them from working or from having a normal life.
Even in that case, there should be a limit on the amount of time they could be receiving money without working before something like a temporary restriction in voting right is applied, to avoid exploiting the system.
(Of course there would be exceptions, e.g retired citizens that worked and paid taxes their all life should maintain voting right for the rest of their life or at least until they are in full possession of their own mental faculties)."
Probably is also wrong that every citizen acquires the right of voting when he or she turns 18 without any other prerogatives. Maybe they should first work smd pay taxes for three years and then pass a citizenship test (similar to those for foreigners who wants to acquire the citizenship by naturalization).