We’re Not In Kansas Anymore

(noon. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Over at Mindfully.org you can find hundreds of big and small literary and informational treasures for those interested in peering through the veils of darkness that the media does it’s best to pull over our eyes with all of their well practiced smoke and mirrors.

One such is in the Political/Social category. An article titled Beyond Voting about the limits of electoral politics, that is particularly relevant this year.

Here’s an excerpt, but the entire thing is worth a close read, and some intense discussion or at least much thought, IMHO…

Roughly speaking we can distinguish five degrees of “government”:

       (1) Unrestricted freedom

       (2) Direct democracy

       (3) Delegate democracy

       (4) Representative democracy

       (5) Overt minority dictatorship

The present society oscillates between (4) and (5), i.e. between overt minority rule and covert minority rule camouflaged by a facade of token democracy. A liberated society would eliminate (4) and (5) and would progressively reduce the need for (2) and (3). . . .

In representative democracy people abdicate their power to elected officials.

The candidates’ stated policies are limited to a few vague generalities, and once they are elected there is little control over their actual decisions on hundreds of issues – apart from the feeble threat of changing one’s vote, a few years later, to some equally uncontrollable rival politician.

Representatives are dependent on the wealthy for bribes and campaign contributions; they are subordinate to the owners of the mass media, who decide which issues get the publicity; and they are almost as ignorant and powerless as the general public regarding many important matters that are determined by unelected bureaucrats and independent secret agencies. Overt dictators may sometimes be overthrown, but the real rulers in “democratic” regimes, the tiny minority who own or control virtually everything, are never voted in and never voted out. Most people don’t even know who they are. . . .

In itself, voting is of no great significance one way or the other (those who make a big deal about refusing to vote are only revealing their own fetishism). The problem is that it tends to lull people into relying on others to act for them, distracting them from more significant possibilities. A few people who take some creative initiative (think of the first civil rights sit-ins) may ultimately have a far greater effect than if they had put their energy into campaigning for lesser-evil politicians. At best, legislators rarely do more than what they have been forced to do by popular movements. A conservative regime under pressure from independent radical movements often concedes more than a liberal regime that knows it can count on radical support. (The Vietnam war, for example, was not ended by electing antiwar politicians, but because there was so much pressure from so many different directions that the prowar president Nixon was forced to withdraw.) If people invariably rally to lesser evils, all the rulers have to do in any situation that threatens their power is to conjure up a threat of some greater evil.

reposted from July 2008


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    • Edger on February 5, 2010 at 15:06

  1. and social movements on the other.

    The first is a stop-gap at best; the other is the engine of change, seems to me. From time to time there are temporary alliances between the people involved in the two activities, but their purposes are different.

    The people’s tendency to blur the two into one tends to leave the matter of social goals in a muddle and forces these goals to take a back seat to the political aspirations of parties and candidates.

    It is not necessary to demonize all politicians. But they are not the answer to our problems, either. They’re just people trying to hold onto their jobs.

  2. Reminded me of another one, in german no less.


    The Illuminati auf deutch.

    • Edger on February 5, 2010 at 18:26
    • RUKind on February 6, 2010 at 02:30

    Your freedoms and rights are illusions. We’re all wearing choke chains and being fed propaganda 24/7. We are pwned by the corporations.

    “Sometimes you can see the razor wire if the sun shines on it just right.” RUKind

    • banger on February 7, 2010 at 02:27

    the community. No matter the form of government. Rulers must take into account the cooperation or non-cooperation of the populace. That is why the most important part of politics today are the propaganda organs (MSM). First understand that the MSM is not a “free-press” in any way shape or form as anyone who has worked in that field knows from day one. Your editor not you determines what is real and I mean this literally. If you editor says the Moon is made of green cheese then it is — unless you have some power and allies that can change that.

    Anyway, the big missing ingredient in progressive politics is community power. The ability to deny votes, deny economic trade etc. For example, why doesn’t DKOS organize boycotts of corporations that contribute to the Republican Party — why? Because it would work that’s why. The Democratic Party doesn’t want any body to know that the power is in our hands as a collective.  

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