Leonard Cohen – Democracy

Democracy is a process or technique for making collective, public decisions. It usually means majority rule, as a system of government in which everyone can have a say, but in practice, often the minority can’t have their way. In part (since the song allegedly has many verses not included) Cohen sings in 1992 about various groups in society that could be treated better, and with respect: the homeless, gays, minorities. In a democracy, we look to a constitution to protect their basic rights. Still, this is part of an observation the singer made at the time, with the end of the Cold War, of democracy spreading to Eastern Europe. Canadian Cohen seems to still ask,  yeah, but what is the health of democracy in the U.S.A.?


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