“The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of bourgeois stupidity” Gustave Flaubert complained in his letter to George Sand in 1871. In the 1800s, democracy could be described in such simple terms. But as time progressed, so did the demands and perceptions. Today, talking about democracy demands more than providing every citizen the power to vote.
A fully-fledged democracy?
One thing our politicians fail to consider is: perception is the only reality in politics.Ceylan Ozbudak
Nevertheless, can we say Turkey proved itself to be a fully-fledged democracy? Everyone in Turkey has the right to vote in the free and fair elections, participate in independent political organizations, rights to access information and services, private property, free markets. But what about individual liberties and freedom of women? If the amount of money we made lately made us a better democracy, the oil-rich Gulf States would be the pioneers in human rights by now.