Personally i don't see how western countries ain't dictatorships. They pretty much are. They give you limited choice from puppets and their puppeteers that control the media and brainwash the shit out of you. They are just illusions of democracy.
Anyhow they do maintain (or more specifically are in the very privelleged position compared to other countries to be able to demand that) the idea that if you are an employed baker you should be paid enough money to buy a house, brand new car (not a Bentley though) etc... rather than only the owner
of the bakery chain being able to afford such and the baker making do with a very basic flat and a small motorcycle. In such a case, perhaps less persons are inclined to complain? No doubt these dicatator parties still do much to offend many persons either left, right, farmers, environmentalists, prolife, prochoice, against taxation, for taxation, for coal seam gas exploration on farming land, against coal seam gas exploration on farming land, pro same sex marriage, against same sex marriage or otherwise!
I don't see it being a dictatorship myself... You have a public service of qualified (if overpaid) people who actually run the government, and then you have the layer of government which tinkers with it, and has occasionally sensible or sometimes extremely stupid ideas. Hopefully not so many stupid ones as to bankrupt the country.
reporting on this you have medias outlets which are overtly and transparently biased one way or the other (no brainwashing there, quite easy to see the spin).
It true that the major parties and other candidates are giving significant taxpayer funded running money but is based on proportion of the vote, and anybody can start a new party win 5% of the vote and receives funding towards their next campaign. Eventually a very small party with one issue platform such as "no pokies" (electronic slot machine) or "dignity for disability" can win a seat or even two.
Edited by V8 Fireworks, 16 May 2012 - 06:16.