[thoughts from ~burning woman~ by Sha’Tara]
I have heavily criticized and mocked, the modern concept of democracy. I particularly despise the use of the word democracy as it is applied to those Western nations that but recently emerged from the oppression of their imperial rulers. They are at best plutocracies. A better description is, kleptocracies.
Truth be told, there is nothing democratic about any self-styled democracy. There may be vestiges of it in some European countries, though I seriously doubt that. At least based on my interpretation of the concept of democracy. Socialism as practised in Scandinavian countries doesn’t mean democracy; one is more likely to encounter meritocracies.
Why can’t I accept the term “democracy” as it is applied to Western republics or constitutional monarchies? It’s very simple: a real democracy would exist freely without any undue influence from any economic, religious or pre-eminent political forces. It would operate freely under the flow of freely cast majority of votes. Never would it be influenced by advertising or propaganda. Note the emphasis on “free.”
Let’s get right to it. During a political campaign, the campaigner would have his or her expenses defrayed by the democracy (the commons) because, you see, it would be the democracy, not her/his ego that got them on the campaign trail. Do we need reminding that an elected representative in a democracy is a servant of the people, and not of one’s ego?
Let’s see how our current “representatives” compare:
If a campaigner was caught uttering lies during a campaign, not only would s/he be instantly disqualified from being a representative of the democracy, but subject to severe censure and legal repercussions likely to result in a jail term. If a campaigner was caught being subverted by a lobbyist, both candidate and lobbyist would be arrested and charged with violating the public trust, the equivalent of being a traitor to the country. And let’s face it, it is a treasonous act.
Critical point: It is my contention that any elected representative in a real democracy could never earn more than the least paid member of said democracy. To expect more pay than anyone else is to mock the concept of equal representation. No democracy can function properly under the economic system called capitalism, much less under the current system justly called “predatory capitalism.”
In a democracy, no election can be valid unless, and until, every member of said democracy has voted, no exceptions allowed except in situations where the individual is mentally or physically unable to complete her or his vote, in which case a person could be duly authorized to cast their vote through power of attorney. As to voting age, I say the sooner a member is made aware of her/his responsibility, the better. Voting age? 16.
Obviously in a democracy there can be no political parties, that being a contradiction. The electoral process would be quite simple, really. It begins at the most local level. A community elects a representative to run for governor of a state or province. That person then runs against all other elected representatives from other communities. The one who is elected governor is then automatically qualified to run for president, or prime minister. The one who wins the final round of votes becomes the president. Too complicated?
She or he, cannot represent any other group or be attached to any business enterprise, religious organization or other pressure group during the time in office. A contract to that effect must be signed by the president elect and any violation of this contract would mean a life sentence without parole. Are we clear on this?
If a people is going to insist they want to live in a democracy it’s high time they took responsibility for their claims. It’s more than high time the people put an end to the current farcical events of “elections” bought by the highest bidder and candidates coming from the richest members of that society. Any individual expected to vote under current conditions, if any intelligence was in play, would automatically say, “How stupid do you think I am?”
I’m sure that with a bit of thinking about it I could come up with an even better description of a proper, working democracy, but for now, this is enough to create some food for thought. Yes, and I know that these simplistic ideas of mine will be relegated to the garbage pile of non-history as non-applicable, pie-in-the-sky bullshit. Why? Because the brainwashing says they can never work. Not common sense; not simple facts: brainwashing. Slosh-slosh goes the big political brainwasher through the years until it goes into full spin during the election. After which, when the insults and punches have been thrown, everybody gradually regains their balance from being spun dizzy, and it’s business as usual. And you call that a democracy? “How stupid do you think I am?”
But just so you know, I happen to know these ideas I presented above are totally applicable, totally practical and absolutely necessary if a working political system is to be called democratic.
They will not ever be applied, or even tried, however, because our elites will make sure we never get it; that we continue fawning to, and supporting sociopathic, narcissistic, political ponerologists; the war-mongers and billionaires with their locked-in institutions: public education, religious organizations, banks, spying, defence and policing agencies, political parties and all their “grassroots” affiliates, the main stream media, Big Pharma, the medical system and academia, in which we all must trust for no better reason than that they eat us and our world alive, killing our neighbors, enslaving and imprisoning our families, our descendants, leaving always tiny thread of hope for baseless dreams to keep us performing: working, voting, studying, arming, shopping and believing.
With that much institutional brainwash knocking us about, they can be assured that we’ll never clue in as to what’s actually going on. Oh sure, we’ll read about it, maybe even think about it, and we’ll certainly talk ourselves blue in the face about it but we’ll never – GET IT.
The “system” says we need to believe… in anything, anything at all, as long as we don’t GET IT. As long as we never learn to trust one-another or lean on one-another. The “system” has us trusting in literal demonic forces. Even if every one we met or encountered walked around lovingly caring for others, looking and acting like angels from heaven: yes, even so, when it comes to choosing a leader, we’ll go find and choose the demon. Only the demon is qualified to rule and the ruler must be given sycophantic armed support and protection if deemed necessary, the adulation of fandom and handed the key to the national storehouse and if possible, to all planetary reserves. That’s the brainwash.
That’s the age-old programming, obviously too much of a headache to try to hack into and neutralize. The real slogan of any so-called democracy today is, “Give me slavery or give me death!”
“We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe”. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe