The Sham of Democracy
"You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, but you can't fool all the people all of the time."
This statement is often used to support the idea of democracy, but it can also cut the other way.
The idea of democracy - the almostreligious belief in it that we are encouraged to have - is actually an attempt to fool all the people all the time, as true democracy hasonly ever existed in very few situations in human history - perhaps amongst the male citizens of Athens and some of the other direct democracies.For the rest of us, we've always had an arrogant political class telling us that we were 'the boss' while they simply ignored our wishes and talked down to us about what was possible and what was not.
But any myth, no matter how convincing, has its moments when the facade comes slightly unpeeled and we catch a glimpse at the evil-monkeys on the other side pulling the levers.
This week, there have been a series of news stories in which exactly this has happened.
In HUNGARY, there have been riots on the streets after the SocialistPM was filmed admitting that he and his party had done nothing butlie to the voters from beginning to end.
In IRAQ, the judge in the Saddam trial has been suddenly removedbecause he made a few comments that his 'democratic' handlers andtheir 'democratic' US handlers didn't like the sound of. You could really hear the string twanging as it was violently pulled behind thescenes. They did't even bother with the usual PR-ganda nonsense thatthey usually come up with, like "judge retiring for reasons of illhealth," etc.
In THAILAND, we have just seen a military coup. This shows the ease with which a democratically elected government can basically beflushed down the pan. People in Bangkok are quite happy to see the troops on the street.
Who knows what sinister forces are behind this,but if the same thing happened in most of our sacred Western democracies, do you think anybody would really be that bothered?
Idon't imagine a single person would lay down their lives to protect liars like Bush and Blair.
The tree of democracy that would once have summed millions to defend it to the last, is now tottering on withered roots.