DEMOCRACY

The reason our democratic system is the way it is is this: the lure of power is such that some people will go to pretty much any length to acquire it and everyone else loves to have an easily identifiable group of people who they can blame when things go wrong.

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For democracy to work, people have to be fully engaged and fully involved in the democratic process. The simple fact is that this is impossible in any society which has millions of people in it.

So, if we are serious about creating democracy, we need to break free from the state, to form small groups of tens or hundreds of people where everyone in that community has their say; where everyone participates fully. But these groups cannot exist in isolation: they have to be aligned with other groups in a common purpose: to make life work.

Our current system of ‘democracy’ operates from the top down. A few individuals with power and authority conceive of laws that we all have to follow. But the only way you can build anything is from the bottom up. From the grass roots.

That is the only way that you can give power to the people. That is the only way that you can get people to be responsible. If they aren’t involved or engaged in the process, why should they be responsible?

Ultimately, though, whatever system is in place, genuine democracy is impossible until humanity reaches a stage in its development where love and truth are the only values worth fighting for.

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“This is all very well, but how do you propose to make it happen?”

What? So I’ve got to come up with all the answers?

That’s the problem, right there. Too many of you are not playing your part here. You are expecting someone else to work it all out. “Yeah, but it’s all so complicated … And after ten hours at work, I really don’t want to think about it … Anyway, that’s why we elect them, so they can decide.” Yes, and aren’t they making a fine job of it, eh?

Time that you took up some slack, buster.

For what it’s worth, I would say, look to your neighbourhood, your family, your friends and form a structure where you can empower each other to make your community work. Find out who needs what and who can do what and mix and match as best you can. Engage and involve each other as much as possible.

And you may well have a better idea. If so, great! But don’t keep it to yourself. No, spread the word …


© Phillip A. Klein March 2008

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