|The Worst Form Of Government Apart From All The Rest
||[Jul. 22nd, 2018|01:31 pm]
The root problem with democracy is that the demos- meaning most reasonably well-adjusted people- has little interest in running anything bigger than a home or a small business- and- so long as it isn't too horribly oppressed- is happy to leave politics to the power junkies, ideologues and bread heads. |
But at least in a democracy the people have some leverage- if they choose to apply it. And the power junkies, ideologues and bread-heads do to a certain extent cancel one another out. The alternative is dictatorship- which means government by a tiny coterie of deplorables or- in its most extreme form- by a single deplorable- a state of affairs that can only be sustained by censorship and terror.
Don't know how you feel about it...
For my understanding, it is in the deep process of turning everywhere into the latter. Die-hard dictatorship by the ones who own the most money, who own all grounds and soil, who own your health and yoru food supply, and who own the ones that legally binding make the laws.
Bit by bit, it even shows they also own that people and organizations which claim to fight for common man - because what they do is more like scattering the ordinary people instead of uniting them.
I think western democracy has always been a façade- behind which the real rulers- banks, corporations, arms manufacturers, military elites, mafias- in some societies the Church- control the politicians they fund. The saving grace is that the hidden rulers have differing agendas- and so there's conflict between them and no single group has all the power. In a true dictatorship- and I think they're historically very rare (Stalin's Russia comes to mind and possibly Hitler's Germany)- power is concentrated in one monolithic elite- or even in just one man.
Hm... It might be the view of modern times that comes through there.
I can't think of much difference between the two.
Okay, this kind of "dictatorship" done by a pool of fractions leaves you more space to move to let you think you breathe unsifted air, even if it isn't.
It's less direct and strict in what it demands from you as concrete behavior.
But... to me, it doesn't make much difference if you have one closed league reigning over you or if you have a couple of them standing there and doing the same with a mixture of soft power in between.
It's just more subtle, that's all.
Depending on how you manage to behave yourself, you'll get to hear the message "Do as we say or die!" in between the lines even though...
As you say, democracy, however bogus, gives us a little more wriggle room.
Hm... To me this room to wiggle is like getting smaller and smaller, so I don't just want it to only pretend to me I'm free because it erected a large cage around me - I want it to live up to its always loudly self-proclaimed standards or straight tell "no, we don't got that in stock".