A few days ago I was sent this link, with the comment that it was thought this summary of where the world ‘is at’ very good and has a certain resonance to the THA as the quote from the article: You cannot influence people to volunteer for servitude and submission unless they are sufficiently terrified of the alternativ shows.
I replied that: While I can, to a certain extent, agree with the thrust of the article you quote, I fail to see any resonance with THA. The only alternative to servitude and submission must surely be direct democracy, so how can people be terrified by that?
The response to my question was: You are right and my interpretation of the quote is not applicable to the point I wished to make which is that things have got to get a lot worse before the people will get more involved and seek out options like THA to improve things.
I am forced to agree with my respondent in that it seems the dictatorial element of our current form of democracy will have to increase before the electorate/people do realize that they are being taken for fools and are being treated as voting fodder.
The problem encapsulated in allowing the dictatorial element in our current form of democracy to continue to grow is that a point will be reached when the electorate/people will have become so brain-washed that they will have lost the ability to reason for themselves – if they haven’t already.
It has been said that democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education. This begs the question of how can an electorate choose wisely when: (a) they are lied to come any election – be that national or local – and; (b) how can they choose wisely when they have not been ‘educated’ about democracy per se?
Sidetracking slightly, when I were a lad – in the 50s – we used to have ‘mock elections’ which coincided with general elections. Candidates for the three parties were chosen by the pupils (the electorate) – (Primaries?) – and by heavens, were those candidates ‘put through the grinder’. It was while there that I first learned about democracy, ie demos – people, kratos – power: something which I had totally forgotten until a few years ago.
I understand that one of the most basic rules in advocacy is never to ask a question to which you don’t know the answer – however, here goes: when was the meaning of democracy last taught in our schools? From what I have read – and been able to discover from speaking in schools about democracy – is that political education can, today, best be summed up in the words of HL Mencken:
The most erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry.
If we are to discuss ‘democracy’ in our nation I find it incredible that those of us who have an understanding of the subject are ignored. In particular I find it similarly incredible that one person, who has made a study of extricating our nation from membership of the European Union, is ‘shunned’ by the commentariat, the media and politicians; who when also invited to appear before a Parliamentary Select Committee on the subject of Brexit was also ‘shunned’. That those, of all political persuasions, who profess – and would thus have us believe – they know all that there is to know on the subject of Brexit can behave in such a manner begs the question: wherefore democracy per se?
Whether one considers a multitude of questions which affect our nation, what difference does it make whether what appears to be the mad destruction of our nation is wrought under the name of democratised dictatorship – under which we currently suffer? Unless of course the indigenous people, to whom a nation belongs, become the final arbiters? Which is what of course DD4UK would provide them – assuming their power of reason has not, by then, been bred out of them.