Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Argument for democracy not holding up

One of the most common arguments in favor of elected governments is that it makes governments answerable to their citizens, and gives the people what they want. That last is dubious enough, but even if it weren't, the fact is, elected government doesn't do that.

Leading climate scientist: 'democratic process isn't working'

James Hansen, a climate modeller with Nasa, told the Guardian today that corporate lobbying has undermined democratic attempts to curb carbon pollution. "The democratic process doesn't quite seem to be working," he said.


Hansen is funded by George Soros’ Open Society Institute under the ‘Politicization of Science’ program. In December 2008, it was discovered that Hansen’s claim of the hottest October on record was due to false numbers being used. It was also dicovered in 2007 that Hansen had falsified records. Source.

So if it isn't working, just what are we supposed to do? Declare martial law, I suppose.

What else?

More than three-quarters of Britons want to see jobless immigrants forced to leave UK

You see these articles all the time. Most Americans or Europeans aren't in favor of all sorts of things: abortion on demand, gay marriage, unlimited immigration, the EU, etc. etc. Yet governments continue to force some or all of these things on us, knowing full well that we don't want them.

Is this "government of the people, by the people, for the people"? Is democracy really giving us what we want from government?

3 comments:

ZAROVE said...

Lets be perfeclty honest, this was never not true. THe "WIll of th people" has been subverted in every elective government, in order to bring in Ideologival changes, with the hopes that the new Ideology will be accepted when it becomes part of everyday life. 9 time sout of 10, it is, and in Europe most peopel now accept Abortion as morlaly right, even trhiugh just 40 years gao most opposed it. THey got use to it, and isnce the Government pushed it, they also had the media and Ecducational groups udner their ocntrol to teach the new generation and reeducate ht eold in the "New Order".

Money and STatus have always ruled, and people who are not living in an rder of Nobles and Kings tend to fall prey to rather unscrupulous buisnessmen whio reshape policy to fit their own desires or interests.

The truth is, the ocmmon man tennds to follow the leader, and peopel with great wealth and social standing always seemto command respect even if they are moral reprobates or dilusional fools. By Virtue of thier wealht and posiiton, we just give them automatic respect.

Oddly, a poor but honest and wise man will see none.

THe idea that elected systems are for of and by the peopel is a joke, the peopel never rule in any sense, even when this falls apart an htey turn on the rich and pwoerful. THe Mob's passions are alwyas stoked by a handful or soemtime sjust one, who wants soemthing done, and managed ot whip them into a frenzy.

Its ismply the wya Humanity is.

Elsinore said...

Democracy is perfect for tyrants because the people have an intoxicating feeling that 'we are in control' while the special interest groups control everything.
Worst case scenarios are when mobs actually DO take control such as Hitler, Chavez, Evo Morales or any other sort of mob-inspired socialists.

ZAROVE said...

Elsinore, beautifully said.