We’re Not In Kansas Anymore

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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 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.

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    • Edger on August 11, 2010 at 5:58 pm
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    The Eyes Have It………  

    • Mu on August 12, 2010 at 5:01 am

    .

     First, when Max Baucus, who represents .03% of the population of the United States, basically dictated what the (so-called) Health Care Reform bill-cum-act would look like (and made sure the Public Option would not be part of it); and,

     Second, when Rangel’s being pilloried for allowing lobbyists to (horrors!) influence him, swap money for influence/access, when EVERY DAMN CONGRESSMAN & SENATOR basically takes bribes (oh, excuse me, “accepts campaign contributions from grateful constituents”) and peddles influence,

      then I know our system is pretty much broken beyond compare.

      Does Montana deserve representation in the U.S. Senate?  Absolutely.  Does Montana deserve to dictate what’s best and acceptable for the roughly 299,000,000 Americans who don’t live in Montana?  No!

      Should Rangel be raked over the coals?  Sounds like it; IF every Republican Senator and Member of Congress on the take (i.e., all of them) go first.

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  1. …I’m in Witchita!

  2. Electoral politics as presently constituted does not work for democracy. There are plenty of freedoms for people with some mojo but democracy and freedom are not the same thing.

    I include all politicians from the present politics industry as defacto fascists who  dominate the American scene. A democratic political system is not going to arise as a result of the present way politics are conducted. It will come from the necessity to govern after people rationally organize themselves in their own communities.

    Get working at home. Spend your time and money there instead of on the culture of for profit party politics.

    As people demand their party to be more oppositional, they complain about a government that does not work. It takes more imagination than people are willing to invest in their own fate. Politically active partisans are unable to resist the hype generated to lure them into the mock battles.

    Keep cheering for your party to win partisans, as if it is a Texas high school football rivalry because the tornado of political opposition depends upon partisan hot air to keep twisting.

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