Thursday 12 April 2018
After posting my first piece about making our democracy better in which I appealed to our readers “can you please help me” to respond with comments, I was overwhelmed with them. Two however, stood out and I ended up posting them as stand-alone articles. The first was from Phil and focused on the monetary system and its effects on our democracy. And the second was from Kyran and it dwelt with our constitution. “How do you ‘reform’ something that, by its very nature and construct, is impervious to change?”
The quandary for me was how to respond to two such articulate essays. I somehow did, with the help of some words I had filed away two or three years ago from an American friend by the name of Frank Innis. We frequently use each other’s thoughts. So, I have combined our thoughts to produce what follows:
“Capitalism, socialism, fascism, and communism and other isms are but economic THEORIES! They are nothing more than words written on paper. Think about it. They are not active and they do nothing. Each theory is neither good nor bad. Each is ultimately what the people make of them.
Democracy is nothing more than a theory. The US Constitution and Bill of Rights have NO AUTHORITY … they are nothing more than what we “The People’ make of them (when we the people ignore and neglect our government it is then taken over by self-interest groups to serve their own purposes and there is nothing that says that those who come to manage the government must be ethical, moral, or responsible to the people.
When good people neglect their government they are then governed by lesser people. We the People have the government we deserve. The fault of government or our economic system is within us; We the People! – the problem is to be found right behind your nose.”
Therein is the problem facing the Australian electorate. It has to date been successfully conned by the opposition into believing that the current government is the worst ever. Its leader says the most negative and moronic things and frequently lies but the public never turns its head. The Murdoch press and other mainstream media has also sought to bolster this negative view. One only has to raise the subject of politics in general conversation to gauge the utter apathy of the electorate. Proof of the MSM deception can be evidenced when an opinion is sought about the governments performance. People will indicate a dissatisfaction but cannot articulate why. And they have no idea what their government stands for or indeed what his policies are.
It is a fascination that is always floating somewhere in the back of my mind that people can express a hatred for those they oppose but cannot, when asked, express the reasons behind their support for a particular political philosophy.
Even though I am a locked in social democrat I have always considered myself a believer in democracy first and foremost.
“You cannot possibly believe in democracy if at the same time you believe that your party is the only one that should ever win. That is not democracy.”
The great shame is that we have these things in the wrong order. If people placed the condition of our democracy ahead of party politics then the politics would be in better health.
Equally, I am surprised at those on the left who argue for leftist responses of a time long past without taking into account the fact that those solutions no longer fit the changes that have taken place in society. Broad, far/reaching changes whose speed leaves us all breathless.
The right does the same thing searching for answers in concepts that no longer work such as drip down economics that no longer work.
Throughout the world there is a recognition that democracy, as we have known it, has failed and no longer works, has resulted in an experimentation with various forms on an old theme. The main one being dictatorial democracy with a capitalistic monetary system.
China and the Soviet Union are two such cases with this sort of democracy, while the USA experiments with a brand of populist democracy that has little sense nor makes any. There is a move to the left in the USA and England that is people based but yet to be understood by its own party. France is experimenting with its own form of centrist Liberal Democracy under Macron.
The catalyst for any reform in democracy lays firmly at the feet of capitalism. Unbridled capitalism has not worked and can only work if it is regulated and takes into account the self inflicted wounds of the inequality it delivers. The why of wealth needs to be answered.
We have wealth but it is concentrated in the hands of a few.
My thought for the day
“We live in a failed system. Capitalism does not allow for an equitable flow of economic resources. With this system a small privileged few are rich beyond conscience and almost all others are doomed to be poor at some level”.
PS: By 2030 it is forecast that the wealthiest 1% will own two thirds of the worlds wealth.
“Never in the history of this nation have the rich and the privileged been so openly brazen.”
“How is it possible for the inherited rich and privileged to understand poverty?”