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THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF THE
WIDOWS SONS

INTERNATIONAL MASONIC RIDERS ASSOCIATION

 

 

The Importance of Electing Officers
Dictatorship Vs. Democracy
The Best Choice for the Widows Sons

 



When it comes to deciding which form of government is the most efficient, there is always a debate. A Democracy governing system is defined as a government of the membership, for the membership, by the membership. Such a government is formed through elections in which the membership cast votes to elect their leadership. Thus, in a way, the government is ruled by the membership in a democracy..

Definition
Dictatorship is a form of government in which a single individual or a group of individuals hold all power and make all the decisions pertaining to the  governing of the organization. There is complete centralization of power, with the dictator deciding what is expected of all the members of the organization. Thus, in a dictatorship form of government, the membership has no voice in matters which decide how the organization will function.

Stability of the Government
If you compare between dictatorship and democracy, on how stable a government these can provide, then certainly dictatorship wins, because there is no other alternative or discussion of policy being implemented with the government in a dictatorship, combined with the membership having no voice whatsoever in choosing their leaders, no voice whatsoever in problems such as removal of officers for lack of performance, moral issues or corruption, and the officers have no worry about having to be re-elected. Also in the dictatorship, the membership revolting against a corrupt government never happens because it’s not allowed, no matter how officers govern the organization.

Rights of the Membership
In terms of the power that membership has, there is no doubt about the fact that democracy offers much wider avenues of freedom, liberty, equality and opportunities to the membership. In a democracy, if the membership is unhappy, they can raise their voices and make known the issues throughout the organization.. However, such a thing would never be tolerated in the dictatorship form of government, where the membership is expected just to follow and never to question under the penalty of being expelled from the organization.

Efficiency
One of the advantages of dictatorship is that it is believed to be much more efficient than a democracy. Incidences of crime and corruption are much lesser as rules and regulations are much stricter ( for the membership, not the officers). As decision-making in dictatorship lies with just one or a small group of members, not much time is wasted in debating over passing regulations or making amendments in law. Law is changed at the will of the leadership without any form of membership voice of agreement or disagreement in any part of the new agenda. Also, proponents of dictatorship say that in case where a quick response is needed, the dictatorship form of government is better prepared for a quick response because no time is wasted in discussion issues with the membership. All permission for debate of issues is removed from the membership in a dictatorship and given to one person or group from within the group.

Which is Better: Democracy or Dictatorship?

In today's world, democracy is considered to be the best form of government, the reason being that all members are treated equal, have equal voice in debate, and have full and equal rights afforded to each member by the organizational structure, unlike in a dictatorship, where people are treated like sheep or cattle and are expected to simply obey and follow the government or be expelled from the organization.

Democracy contributes to development of the individuals as well as the organization. Dictatorship has many wrongs such as oppression of membership rights and voice. There is usually flawed decision-making without discussion of the issues which may ultimately lead the organization towards ruin. Upon looking at these disadvantages of Dictatorship, many members of dictatorships today are contemplating how to become democracies in near future.

At the end of the day, it can be rightly said that Democracy is the ultimate winner. The picture becomes clear, if you look at the track record and progress which democracies have made in the past few decades.

Democracy is the best form of government in the world, so it will also be the best for any organization. There are many factors in which democracy is considered effective for the progress of a organization. Apart from equal opportunities and equal voice in operational issues, the fundamental right of voting is an advantage for members of a democratic organization. The reasons for the importance of voting are many and they must be clearly understood for the advantage of the organization. The information on importance of voting given below will help you grasp the importance of voting.

Importance of Voting

The answer to the question why the membership should vote is: because they get to participate in the functioning of the organization. Voting helps choose able leaders who have qualities in them that can be beneficial for the growth of the organization. It is also a means of keeping anti social elements away from power and thus, protects the interests of the membership and the organization. The power of voting, which consists of individual preferences can be very useful in getting issues related to the membership’s welfare done correctly to the desires of the membership, rather than the desires of an individual in power.

Another reason voting is important is that it creates a sense of responsibility in the leadership and makes them realize that they have been chosen by the people due to performing in a professional and dedicated manner. This itself will compel them to use the administrate power in a positive way for the benefit of the membership. Voting is perhaps the only way of full membership participation in the organizational structure.

Voting has led to the fast progress and development of many organizations. Organizations where the right to vote does not exist have found it hard to set themselves on the path of progress. Such organizations may have to face widespread discontent among the membership as a total lack of transparency and loss of faith in the policies and activities of the leadership. Lack of the fundamental right to vote is a big loss for any member. Why is voting important in developing organizations? This might be a question on the minds of many people. It is known fact that developing organizations have to face many growing problems. Unless the membership participates in the development process, the set targets, the objectives, and membership goals will not be reached. Voting can help the membership in developing organizations prevent irregular practices, corruption and power abuse toward members who disagree with policies to such a great extent, that not voting is the main reason for most stunting of the overall growth rate of the organization.

Voting should not be made a burden for the membership in any way, and the membership needs to understand its importance and be allowed to use their right with their own will without coercion or persuasion of any kind from leaders or candidates. Politicking is not allowed in a Masonic Lodge, so it should not be allowed in the Widows Sons. It is the membership’s duty to challenge politicking by present officers or potential candidates to ensure the elections will be an equal opportunity for all candidates and equally for the membership. Fair and just voting practices are a must for the success of a democratic set up. It is responsibility of the organization’s bylaws to set forth and make available the details and eligibility criteria for candidates as well as the criteria for voting by the membership.

If the elected offers don’t promote annual or bi-annual elections of officers, the membership should make every effort to convince their organization to hold annual or bi-annual elections of principle officers rather than allowing officers to be elected once and hold the office until they decide to step away. This “officers for life,” forms a dictatorship rather than a democracy. Immediately after the officers are elected, where there is no procedure in place to refresh the governing structure or remove officers whose political agenda is not in compliance with the organization’s agenda, and the organizational structure immediately becomes a Dictatorship and the membership loses any voice in the operations of the organization.

 

 

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