Many people are and have become disillusioned with the present day political system-when over the last few year they have seen their Governments bail out Bankers with their hard-earned money, only to see financiers continue to pay themselves huge bonuses.
But this is only one reason not the main reason why Democracy is in the shit.
The main reason is that Democracy is for sale, with money talking louder than ever, with the rich becoming more powerful and the poor becoming poorer.
Because: Thousand of Lobbyist hiding behind free speech for large fees are insisting that political expenditure is needed when it only complicate simple things and allows certain sweet- talking politicians to mislead the people like silver-tongued Mr Blair did over the Iraq war.
Because: It is also suffering from serious structural problems as it is under attack, from inherited entitlements and future investment.
Because: Combined with globalization and the digital revolution has made many institutions look out of date.
Because: We all know that it is culturally rooted, a powerful but imperfect mechanism that endeavors to harness human creativity while on the other hand put the brakes on human perversity.
Because: It is surrendering even more powers over trade and global markets to International Monetary Funds, the European Union, Independent Central Banks.
Because: It is constantly oiled and adjusted by elections that are concerned with the party faithful which in fact disenfranchises large number of voters which encourages extremism.
Because: It puts too much emphasis on elections and too little on the other essentials features of democracy, like individual rights, freedom of speech which should be guaranteed and avoiding Majoritarianism.
Because: The internet is making it easier to organize and agitate. Where elections take place only ever few years people are living from day-to-day indulging the pleasures of the moment.
Because: Hyperdemocrarcy is voting endlessly on-line.
America is paralyzed by institionalises gridlock and fear that democracy is producing rogue regimes, empowering Jihadists.
China is a world power.
The Arab spring is creating war not peace. Egypt, Middle East, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq,
Italy, Greece replaced democratically leaders with technocrats. The EU with vast youth unemployment, and exploitation of a decent living wage has become a breeding ground for National Front, the Golden Dawn both political parties with Nazi tendencies.
There is no end to the Because’s.
So instead it is reducing liberty, and handing even more powers to special interests to appease the Economy by privatizing its responsibilities democracy is far more than holding elections. It has to be for all of the people all of the time both the born and unborn, not profit for profit sake.
We know that we all cannot live the same lives, but we can all be given a helping hand and the same opportunities that are under our control.
But what is actually happening?
More and more countries are setting up Sovereign Wealth Funds.
E-Democracy is becoming more and more powerful signaling the possible misuse of Big data in the future.
Our world is in turmoil,with inequality, lack of resources, pollution,economic migration, and not forgetting conflicts.
What is Democracy?
Here are a few Quotations. Make up your own mind.
“Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal’s alike.”
Plato (428? BC–347 BC), Greek philosopher.
The Republic (370? BC).
“Democracy is the wholesome and pure air without which a socialist public organisation cannot live a full-blooded life.”
Mikhail Gorbachev (1931– ), Russian statesman.
“Democracy means government by discussion but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.”
Clement Attlee (1883–1967), British politician.
Speech at Oxford (June 14, 1957).
“Democracy is the accursed power which stands on Privilege”
Hilaire Belloc (1870–1953), French-born British writer.
” Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.”
G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936), English writer and poet.
The New York Times (February 1, 1931).
“Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.”
George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), Irish playwright.
“A democracy—that is a government of all the people, by all the people, for all the people; of course, a government of the principles of eternal justice, the unchanging law of God; for shortness’ sake I will call it the idea of Freedom.”
Theodore Parker (1810–1860), U.S. Unitarian clergyman.
What ever it is many have die for it and will continue doing so. May they rest in peace.
Robert de Mayo Dillon. ( 1947- ) Irish Man.