The Democracy Delusion
It’s a funny thing, how powerful words are. Ideas as well, even more so. Sometimes, almost always, it only takes a single word to represent an idea. This idea of democracy has been around for a long time. But to believe we live in a democracy is a delusion, one our forefathers created when they founded this country. It’s time we wake the fuck up and rid ourselves of this democracy delusion.
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What Is Democracy
Democracy is defined in today’s dictionaries and Wikipedia as, “a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.” Well, you tell me if today’s “democracy” is a representation of such. The concept of democracy has been around for a long time. It’s reasonably argued that it’s been practiced in some way shape or form long before the term was even coined. This makes sense if we think about it. Logically speaking I think the early tribes of our primitive ancestors partook in democracy in a much realer sense. Anything of the modern day democracy is very far from what democracy is actually supposed to be. However for the sake of this article let’s go back as far as the glory days of Athens. The golden age of Greece. Between 500 – 350 BCE. A man you may have heard of (I certainly fucking hope so) by the name of Plato, lived during that time. Well, not for that entire period (I hope that’s obvious), but between 427-347 BCE. Even then the concept of democracy was already well known, but Plato knew all too well it’s downfalls.
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The Story Of The Two Wolves And A Lamb
Marvin Simkin said: “Democracy is not freedom. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch. Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99 percent vote.” In 399 BCE Plato’s mentor and friend Socrates was sentenced to death in “democratic” fashion, for among a couple things, not believing in the same gods the majority of the people of Athens believed in. Plato was not the first to point out the pitfalls of democracy, but point them out he did. He was the first to coin the term “Republic”, and that was also the name of his most well known work. His ideal society was one where in the most qualified “minority” oversaw and decided for the people as a whole. This minority would be the scientists, scholars, high level experts, the “lovers of knowledge”. In the words of Plato, “Until philosophers are kings, or the kings and princes of this world have the spirit and power of philosophy, … cities will never have rest from their evils.” – in the Republic.
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So You See We Don’t Actually Live In A Democracy
And that may be a good thing. It’s definitely a corrupt system we live in, and one that we can not and should not be pleased with. However we definitely do not live in a democracy. No, we live in a republic, but do you believe it is the “philosopher kings” and “philosopher queens” that run this country? I didn’t think so. We are OWNED by the few, by the very powerful corporations and we are driven by MONEY and POWER. Even I am, fuck look at the name of this site, and what I’m trying to do here. However I hope y’all can see the slight difference. I hope to empower others, including myself to make money and create a lifestyle that allows us the most freedom possible. Nothing is free though. And nothing sells like money and power. We’ll get into that topic another day.
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The Forefathers Of This Country Knew Of The Democracy Dilemma
They were astute and well studied (not to say morally sound, but educated at least) in the history of politics, government and human nature. They were slave owners, and so when they referred to democracy for the people by the people they were referring to upperclass white men of course. John Adams, the second president of the United States and one of the framers of the constitution said, “Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.” Again, our forefathers never planned and certainly did not create a “democratic” society. And yet we throw the word democracy around as if we are its’ champion…far from it.
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In the end again as I had said and have been saying for so long we do not live in a democracy, not a pure one. However we have some of it’s “negative” traits. We still have the mob mentality, and the “two wolves” eats “a single lamb” every fucking day. The democracy delusion keeps people pre occupied, unaware and worst off allows them to “vote” (your vote doesn’t mean shit, but you do have a voice and when the majority voice is heard it can make movements) against their own interests. To go back to what so many philosophers in history have been saying, it is those with the “knowledge” of the way things work, how the world moves, how it’s people are best to be served, who are supposed to run society. The problem is, people have become less and less knowledgeable, and those in power with the supposed knowledge have become more and more greedy. And on top of that, in the end who’s to really say who is more knowledgeable than the next? The majority I suppose. How has that turned out so far?
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