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2. The Democracy Games

I took Doctor Democracy’s advice and created a new political party for the independent mind, a reason-based party that had no platform, no dogma, only reason.

After creating the Logos Party, I then tried to create a more vivid way to show our democracy’s gradual decline on the Democracy Index. Once I had the idea, I reentered Freedom’s Fitness Center and approached the wall where the gym rules were posted. Next to the faded Rules of Reason, I put up this promotional advertisement.

The Democracy Games

Created in 2006 by the Economist Intelligence Unit out of the United Kingdom, the Democracy Games are an annual fitness contest where all of the world’s democracies compete for the title of “World’s Fittest Democracy.”

The fitness of each democracy is assessed on 60 indicators across five categories that measure pluralism, civil liberties and political culture. Besides a numeric score and ranking, the contest categorizes each country into one of four regime types: full democracies, flawed democracies, hybrid regimes and authoritarian regimes.

The Democracy Games judge the entire scope of the fitness of a democracy’s body: cardiovascular and muscular endurance, strength, muscular proportion, and flexibility. The intensity and scope of this competition would be similar to combining the Mr. Olympia competition, the CrossFit Games, the decathlon, a triathlon and gymnastics trials all into one.

In 2018, the top 15 democracies in order were: Norway, Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland, Canada, Finland, Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, United Kingdom and Uruguay.

The United States’ ranking: in the first Democracy Games in 2006, the United States only placed seventeenth, but was labeled a “full democracy.” In 2014, the United States’ democracy was ranked nineteenth and still labeled a “full democracy.” In 2016, we were ranked twenty-first and, for the first time, labeled a “flawed democracy.” In 2018, our democracy was ranked twenty-fifth and again labeled a “flawed democracy.”

Goal: Back in the top 20 in 2020

As much as I want our democracy to win the Democracy Games, I tried to set an achievable goal, which meant both the goal itself and the time frame to achieve it had to be realistic. That is why I set the goal only to be back in the top 20 and the goal was to be achieved in 2020 instead of 2019. I also chose 2020 because it will give us a greater opportunity to show if our democracy has grown more fit through the presidential election.

Next to the ad for the Democracy Games, I posted a picture of the tombstone reserved for our republic with the dead republics around it. Next to the tombstone, I posted a diagram of our democracy’s body with the breakdown of the different systems. Beside the diagram of Democracy’s Body, I placed a poster for the Logos Party. Across the top of the poster, was the party banner. The rest of the poster contained the three-tiered paradigm, the Logosan Creed, an explanation of the logo, the Doctrines of Dogma next to corresponding Rule of Reason, and an explanation of the party’s purpose. Across the bottom of the poster it read, “The Logos Party is an all-natural workout for our democracy’s mind, free of the drug of dogma.”

Many watched curiously. Some ignored what I was doing, or at least acted like they were. Before anybody could approach me to ask questions, I walked to a secluded part of the gym and began working out, using the Logos Party regimen. I intentionally left off the time frame of when I planned for the party to open for membership and the method of membership. I wanted to see if anyone would use the workout regimen on their own, which was also the regimen that had been posted in the gym for all of American history.