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On Democracy

Democracy is not about voting for representatives, nor was it ever so.
Neither Athens, nor the Swiss cantons which practiced democracy, had representatives.
Democracy means the power of the people, not the process of giving it up. Assuming, of course, that they had any power in the first place to give up.
The system of representation was the system used by ruling elites among themselves to best resolve their differences.
The Parliamentary system is so well loved because it protects the interests of the ruling elite well.
One chooses ones representative from the choice available based on the information and impressions which one has received from the press.
Since the rich control the media, they control the information and the “impressions” that the voters may have of the parties and candidates.
One does not vote for laws. One votes for a gang – yes, that is essentially what a political party is – and trusts them on the basis of what they have said and done in the past.
Unfortunately, this choice of gang is usually a choice of the “lesser evil”.
This trust in the parliamentary system is provenly misplaced.
The conservative and liberal parties of Germany voted for a dictatorship in 1933, just as the British Parliament voted for one when they handed all power to Cromwell after the English Revolution.
Present day events have shown the same pattern with European parliaments giving away their (the people’s?) sovereignty to a non-elected authority in Brussels and to the USA.

Please stop repeating the mantra that the parliamentary system has something to do with democracy.
It is a classic case of Orwellian newspeak.

 

Comment by Harry Haller  on Diaspora

Posted in Democracy, People.

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  1. Rajeesh says

    That’s a beauty! Thanks for sharing it.

    • Stultus says

      :)