A point was raised in class today by my political philosophy prof about the fact that democratic armies are not democratic. For some reason I couldn’t stop thinking about it all day. How contradicting is it that an army that fights to preserve and even impose democracy is completely hierarchical and the least bit democratic? Unity in command and obedience to selected higher ups is crucial for a successful military is it not? Democracy in it’s purest form does not rely on that at all, and would almost seem chaotic in comparison as there is an emphasis on the importance of mass opinion and collective decision making. Hard to imagine that one of the most important institutions within democratic nations is based on and works within anything but democratic system and values.

Quite interesting to look at life’s ‘little’ contradictions sometimes.