[thoughts from ~burning woman~ by Sha’Tara]
The current political conditions planet-wide and spate of political discomforts experienced in the imperial West is making many pundits and ordinary folks question the health and validity of western style democracies. Most are of the opinion that our democracies need some serious fixing. I disagree. Not on the fact that they need fixing. I disagree in that I know they cannot be fixed. There are things that cannot be fixed you know. Happens all the time. Failed inventions. We don’t like to talk about them, admitted failures are terribly boring to study, but they litter the historical landscape of man’s religious, political, financial, industrial and technological ages.
One of the most glaring of failed political inventions is Western style democracies. I think it’s time we grew up, woke up, smelled the coffee and realized that the “national” political games we in the “West” began to play some 200 years ago are outdated, even childish in today’s global reality. Democracy, admittedly from historical perspective, was nothing but a new board game thrown on a nation’s or empire’s political table. “Let’s see if this approach can work with the way we want to mold civilization” said some elitist lawyerly academical moneyed individuals. So they put away their swords, shook hands, dictated some rules and a Christmasey list of great wishes to a couple of them acting as secretaries, labelled it a constitution and called that which it would control a “democracy.” Why a democracy? Well because they had some education and some of them had read the classics and knew that a smaller, more exclusive version of the game had been tried out by Greek elites in ancient history and and those Greek elites had called it democracy.
That’s pretty much all there was to it. The new approach boldly claimed that everybody could sit around the table and play, but that was a lie big enough to choke a whole herd of elephants, wasn’t it? Slaves? Of course not. Women? Are you kidding me, we don’t even know yet if women have souls (remember that discussion was still going on at the turn of the 20th century so you bet it played a powerful role then) and women belong to the men, why should they need, or want, to have a say in anything political or financial? That was the auspicious beginning of the great idea of universal suffrage.
Do you see any contradiction here? Of course not. No more so than that the same democracy today can only be led by someone who is a billionaire. It’s a democracy and everybody has the same rights as everybody else, and if you don’t believe that you are unpatriotic, perhaps even a terrorist because you are obviously a reader of “fake news” on the Internet. You believe what you’re told, not your senses, that’s what freedom is all about.
Be that as it may, we are now well aware (or should be well aware) the game always belonged to the male elites. Votes were a sop to the masses, a scam. If you had a family name and money or had a reputation as a powerful military commander, you could buy enough votes to be “elected” and continue to make the rules under the authority of the richest “entrepreneurs” and “banks” who controlled to money, i.e., the real power.
If man were an evolving species it should be evolving mentally, not just technologically. Technocracy is a ruling system for a machine world, not a human world. Only mindless people can find their fulfillment and satisfaction in a machine world. If we are evolving mind beings it behooves us to look at our civilization in toto, not just at its shaky parts. Democracy as a demonstrably weak and pathetic system of government, so easily controlled by sociopathic plutocrats, is but a small part of the whole aspect of civilization. If we “fix” all that is wrong with democracy (not that anyone could, democracy is not a working concept for Earthians who have yet to learn the necessity of taking responsibility for all aspects of their personal lives) we will not fix the major problem faced by man: the current state of global civilization.
Civilization: this singular monster, so completely out of control, so taken for granted by all, is the root cause of the planet’s imminent collapse. We can’t fix the weak, worn-out, out-dated, unbalanced parts hoping that will fix the whole thing. Western-type “democracies” have definitely shown their feet of clay. They temporarily plugged a hole in civilization created by the deposing and dis-empowering of autocratic aristocracies ruled by emperors, kings, queens, military generals, priests or popular heroes and unpopular tyrants. Like democracies today these tyrants had exceeded their grasp and were toppled by popular revolutions. Democracies today are being deposed, at least in the minds of the “voters,” because they no longer even make a pretense of serving the common good. They, in fact, have become the very tyrants they once replaced.
This was inevitable. The conundrum for man now is that nothing has been “thought up” to replace or supplant these failed and dying democracies, so people are seriously contemplating the idea of returning to the national or imperial “strong man” or “strong men” to lead them. Foolish and utterly self-defeating it certainly is, but until something revolutionary new is invented or created, we are in for a long, long period of societal collapse as “the strong men” fight wars, committing atrocities and genocides as they jockey for positions of power. This isn’t prophetic: it’s happened throughout the 20th century and only intensified in this one, beginning with the second Iraq “war.”
If the plan was to avoid a major societal AND environmental collapse, there is but one thing that can accomplish that, and it won’t come cheap: man must totally destroy and eradicate all vestiges of western type civilization, including the technology that upholds it.
The only thing now left for man to save the species and its world is to start from scratch.
It isn’t totalitarianism, capitalism, militarism, terrorism, banksterism, drugs, overpopulation, famine, disease or climate change that is destroying the world, it’s civilization. Civilization is what makes possible the above evils, no mistake. Since these evils have subjugated everything else to themselves, and since they get their power from civilization, nothing short of an end of civilization can dis-empower them. Think of it as draining the swamp, only the world is the swamp, not just nests of corrupt politicians, boards of directors and military HQ’s.
The great collapse is no longer an “if”- it’s going to happen. Alea Iacta Est: the die is cast. The great wheel is turning at this moment. We can demonstrate advanced wisdom and true human courage by guiding and controlling the fall, softening as much of the blow as our current state of understanding allows, or we can continue tinkering with the creaky, smoky, grinding parts pretending that we are fixing the whole until it falls on us “like a shit from heaven” as we say in the vernacular. Or we can even outdo our natural stupidity by pushing even more esoteric computerized technology into the gaping hole and pay main stream media to extol our smarts.
Speaking of democracies, here’s an appropriate quote: “As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” – H. L. Mencken
It has been said many times, in many ways, that the people always get the leaders they deserve. A failed democracy, the United States of America, has recently emblazoned that truth on a marquee for the entire world to marvel at.