With the general consensus here, how can anybody possibly be backing democracy (assuming most of you are living in one) ?
Even in government, a democracy is still far from ideal in many ways. It assumes an educated, informed, intelligent and reasonable votership, when that is never the case on a whole. A dictatorship, in a perfect world, is probably more ideal, but the nature of how dictators come into power, plus the limitations of human mortality mean that is comes with a high risk factor that just isn't viable for long-term stability. Democracy is just the best compromise, allowing for the most checks and balances to stop anything from getting too out of hand, even if it means less ability to make larger-scale, decisive changes for more immediate short-term impact.
But anyways, the main point is that people, as a whole, don't often know what's best. They know what sounds good, but they don't understand the full implications and potential difficulties that arise from implementing their suggestions. They will often complain about one thing and then if they get the alternative, they will complain about that as well. Just all in all, people are a lot like a baby crying in a crib, frustrated and unhappy, but not able to articulate why and what the best course of action for fixing their unhappiness is.
I think the case of F1, it actually works fairly well as it is. FIA have the ultimate power, but the teams have quite a lot of say as well. It tends to lead to more or less positive results. Not everything will be perfect and there is a lot of finger pointing that probably isn't deserved(for example, Mercedes dominating this year and the racing not being so great is not the fault of the rule makers), but its easy to forget that things *could* be worse. I think things are better now than they were with Mosley in charge, with less of a megalomaniac at the helm who isn't constantly involving himself in grudge matches with the teams. Max wasn't wrong about everything though, as the teams *can* be self-serving, but that just involves having a guy running things that knows when that's happening and reacting to it reasonably and Todt seems to handle all this ok, as far as we're aware.
But F1 is a business, and of course you cant just *completely* ignore what your customers are saying, but looking to them for actual input is probably unnecessary. I don't think they are that out of touch to not understand what makes F1 good. The double points thing might seem to say otherwise, I know, and I agree that its nonsense, but their track record is otherwise fairly good recently. There really isn't any other problem where 'listening to the fans' could have really made a difference, I don't think.