Hello my friends,
I have argued for years that democracy is an illusion and does not exist in real life. I am not even sure if it CAN exist, given the nature of the vast majority of human beings, and the corruptive effect of power and money on them.
The best rule would be by an enlightened and wise, altruistic and non-materialistic person, a widely experienced and savvy philosopher who is uninterested in power and money. He or she would use a holistic and spiritual approach, and would happily sacrifice his/her personal interests for the benefit of the people in general and for the country as a whole. The problem is that our money-based system with its unrealistic assumptions and hypocrisy does not allow such a person to be elected, and much less wield the power to govern.
It has often been observed that honest and sincere persons do not have a chance to last in the kind of politics that run our societies today. If, by accident, they are elected, one way or another, and rather sooner than later, they will be neutralized or liquidated at the hands of the ruthless crooks that will do anything to assume power for their personal benefit, and who so easily deceive and trick the masses into voting for them. Again and again.
We need a political system that will put an end to the violence and suffering and injustices and starvation and deaths and fear that the present system generates. A system that in the US reached a kind of ignominious and fulminating climax with the administration of Bush Jr., now prolonged and enhanced by Obama in blatant breech of all the lofty election promises that won him the presidency.
In the final analysis, I think it all boils down to our value system, to our materialistic Greed&Fear paradigm, that glorifies profitable conflicts and rewards ruthless robbers with gold and worldly power.
True democracy really equals individual sovereignty, a sovereignty shared between all the citizens, and temporarily delegated but never turned over to a government, whether elected or not.
I am rounding up this unusually short blogpost with a few thoughtworthy quotes from Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers and the 3rd President of the United States of America.
“The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.
We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.”
Well, that will be all for this time. Please keep your comments coming, here or directly on Facebook or Twitter or LinkedIn!
God Bless, and see you again in October