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Democracy - is it the great lie ?

category international | anti-capitalism | opinion/analysis author Wednesday August 28, 2013 17:18author by newsmedia Report this post to the editors

Merriam-Webster defines democracy as:

1 a : government by the people : rule of the majority b (1) : a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly (as in the ancient Greek city-states or the New England town meeting) — called also direct democracy (2) : a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them indirectly through a system of representation and delegated authority in which the people choose their officials and representatives at periodically held free elections — called also representative democracy

2 : a community or state in which the government is controlled by the people; specifically : a state in which the supreme power is held and exercised directly by the people rather than by their elected agents *in a democracy the people meet and exercise their government in person; in a republic, they assemble and administer it by their representatives and agents— James Madison

The difference between the above and democracy throughout most of our world today is that those elected to office immeadiately shift their primary focus away from the wishes of the electorate and instead use their position to broaden and cement their power of authority at both individual and political party levels. In short, the focus shifts to broadening their powers of control.

Since when has it been 'democratic' for an elected government to implement measures that are unapproved and wholly against and contrary to the wishes of the electorate?

Since when has it been 'democratic' to maintain secrecy over large slices of government business with the threat of punishment of one form or another if such secrecy is breached by a member of the public?

The above are just two broad examples but I have no doubt that I could fill one if not several foolscap pages with others of a similar nature.

Such attention to control has been at the root of government since the creation of a world in which almost everyone requires fiscal means to survive. Only those very few who live in fast dwindling and disappearing tribes that remain devoid of contact with the rest of the world remain free of this imposed financial prison.

The seeds to the collapse of any existing social order are sown when minorities seek to impose their control over the majority through the abuse of their election into office by the same majority.

author by Crazy Catpublication date Thu Aug 29, 2013 07:52Report this post to the editors

There has been, over the past few years in France, a group who promote l'education populaire, their site


On democracy, a group have produced this play. Very well worth looking at and if sombody feels like putting subtitles up it would be great.


author by feudal castratopublication date Thu Aug 29, 2013 09:48Report this post to the editors

Part of the lie is the Idea that work is somehow noble (for the poor of course)
Not so noble for the rich or rentier class though!

This, at best drudgery, serves to keep the poor classes too busy to think, engage in bringing about change and improving their lives and their society.
Bertrand Russell tells it like it is:

author by davepublication date Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:37Report this post to the editors

Our government are passing laws over our head every day , without our sayso or input on any level.

Politicians today only represent themselves.

Pat rabbite FORCED a broad band televsion license tax on all the people of ireland,even those who do not own a telvesion set.

People are being cut to the bone on their low minimum wage pay,and gards etc.. Yet the politicians do not touch their own salaries for a cut.

This is a finacial dictatorship. If we were to transfer what was happeing in our country to a single household it would be classed as financial abuse of a partner..

author by nmnpublication date Mon Sep 02, 2013 02:33Report this post to the editors

This is a finacial dictatorship. If we were to transfer what was happeing in our country to a single household it would be classed as financial abuse of a partner..

Excellent !

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