The raison d’être of the Institut

A democracy cannot operate without guardians of the temple.

In modern society, democrats organise themselves to ensure that the rules of the game of living in a society are widely accepted. This makes it possible to have a strong government rise from the voting urns. But the citizens do not share the same opinion when it comes to tackling the problems of everyday life so that they spontaneously divide themselves into two camps, one of which constitutes a majority. Since the exercise of freedoms fosters and causes inequalities, as to be expected, some citizens consider themselves at a disadvantage and form a political side, naturally confronting the second. They, however, do not intend to take away the freedoms, which would amount to killing the goose with the golden eggs, so that the two parties agree to let the burden of public duties weigh more heavily on the rich as a way to make inequalities bearable.

Not all citizens become rich, but the poor disappear. This benefit of democracy goes without saying but had better be mentioned. An Institut pour la démocratie is then designed be a guardian of the temple, without claiming a monopoly, nor presuming to be the apostle of a secular religion. It only needs to explain the rationality of the democratic model. It is also expected to fulfil three other functions: identifying and pointing out the rules and institutions that do not conform to the founding principles, being a research centre apt to make proposals in order to solve the problems observed and designing educational materials to help all and sundry rise to the rank of a full-fledged citizen.

The Paris Institut pour la démocratie intends to be a pioneer in the domain considered and contribute to the spreading of the culture of democracy, abroad included.