04 09 11 - 07:27From the finally-grasping-the-obvious dept:
On both sides of the Atlantic -- from the fires that raged in large stretches of London, to the political chicanery that brought the U.S. economy to its knees in early August -- the institutional framework that came to define modern democracy in the 19th century is in deep trouble. â¨â¨
The principal organs of financial oversight and management are in tatters. Ferociously xenophobic political movements, an entire constellation of Tea Parties, now play important roles in nearly every European nation, as well as the United States. â¨â¨
Faith in elected leaders and legislatures, the central and defining institutions of democracy, has never been lower.â¨â¨
According to the Pew Research Center, the proportion of the U.S. public expressing trust in the federal government has fallen from just under 80 per cent in the late 1960s to barely 20 per cent today. â¨â¨- Alternet
Democracy is the field of image, not reality.
In democracy, what matters is convincing other people of something -- something that (per Dunning-Kruger) most of them are biologically unable to comprehend.
Remember the equation: 90% of any human population are turnip-pickers, 9% are warriors/artisans, and 1% are leaders/thinkers/spiritualists. In democracy, 99% pretend they are that 1%, and that 1% runs like hell to deserted country towns to hide itself away from the insanity, which to a sensitive/perceptive person is probably like standing in the path of a loudspeaker machine airplane noises.
It is no surprise democracy failed; you succeed at democracy by distorting the truth. But we have the concept of truth for a reason: if we act on illusions, bad things happen.
It took a long time, but they're finally here. Yay! Toot! Wahoo! -- we can celebrate the end of the most tedious of illusions.