Forming Governments That Work For The People

Societies work for those for whom they were created. That’s why monarchies worked well for monarchs and democracies worked well for the bourgeoisie and religious societies worked well for their clerics. This means that if a society designed to work for the people is to be created then it must be formed by the people that it is meant to serve.

Therefore, these future societies would have to be designed around their people’s common needs and wants. That means that these new societies would need to be formed by those they would be meant to serve. The only mechanism that would be capable of allowing for different societies to development independently at the same time would be a social and political market mechanism upon which the various societies of the future would have to develop themselves. This would make our future societies flexible enough to be applied to any situation and for any reason.

For the kind of flexible future societies to develop that would be capable to apply itself to the common problems of its members, they would have to come to see each other as existing within a mutual relationship where each member sees their relationship to the others in a cooperative way where they support each other in achieving their mutual goals. Click on Cosmopoly for more information. (Revised on 9/23/10)

Is Representative Democracy A Political Monopoly?

As a hierarchical system, democracy is a political monopoly, only this time of a democratic type, which is a softer and gentler version of political disenfranchisement.  Democracy, while it is said to be the best of all of our historic political systems, is still based on a hierarchical structure that limits the political participation of the people within it.

Through political representation, democracy concedes the political power of the people to their political representatives who then dominate the state in the name of its people. Democracy still results in the few at the top of society existing at the expense of the many on the bottom.

Therefore, while representational democracy is a noble idea, it is really only the latest form of political monopoly designed to funnel the social power of the people to those at the top, only this time democratically. Representative democracy is not inclusive and is, therefore, an exclusive form of democracy.

Because democracy is also a political institution of the nation state, it tries to limit participation within it to only those that it considers acceptable.  My system of Cosmopoly on the other hand would prevent political monopolies from forming.

Elected Political Representation or Political Placation

While the belief in elected political representation sounds noble what it actually is, is a method of politically placating the public, which actually leads to disempowering the public politically instead of empowering them. This political placation is accomplished by having people participate in political rituals, which are exalted as both the reason for the political system as well as the cause of its results.

While the idea of democracy seems inclusive and limitless, in reality it is not only structurally limiting because it is administratively hierarchical, but it is also psychologically hierarchical which allows it to dictate the way that we should and can think of the world and ourselves within it.

Democracy, like all of the political systems before it, is still applied within a hierarchical government structure that defines the nature of the political and social relationships within it. Therefore, even though democracy sounds inclusive, it is never the less, applied in an exclusive manner. This exclusive manner of seeing and organizing ourselves is and has been hierarchical and is, therefore, the only method currently conceivable to us which dictates the nature that the institutions and people that are defined by it have to take. My system of Cosmopoly would change all this.

Our Elected Democracies

Democracy is based on a set of presumptions founded on idealism at best and wishful thinking at worse. Democracy has at least three major flaws, one being that it presumes that everyone that participates within democracy has democratic tendencies and will, therefore, act in a democratic manner.  In actuality people are not only, not democratic minded, but they tend to try to subvert the democratic process in their favor if they believe that they can get away with it. These people see democracy as a means of obtaining political power and not a means of surrendering it. My system of Cosmopoly would change all this.

The second flaw of democracy is that it is incapable of providing a direct form of meaningful political participation for all of the people at the same time. Democracy is a winner-take-all system in which one side wins and the other sides loose.  Therefore, it always has to direct itself towards the political majority that then marginalizes the other political minorities.

The third flaw of democracy is that it presumes itself to be a system that is politically inclusive and empowers its people by being able to provide them with some kind of political representation in which everyone’s interests are actually represented.  It assumes that it is politically incorporating the people into an ever-greater democratic whole in which each person has elected representation at every level of government.  Is this really true?

The Nature of Democracy and its Limitations

Democracy has been characterized as the best form of government of all of the bad forms of government.

Does democracy actually empower people?

Does democracy make those people elected actually more responsible to those that elected them?

Does democracy make people better?

My system of Cosmopoly will deal with these questions.

If democracy does not provide the things that we expect from it, what does it actually do?

What can democracy actually provide to a society?

People in democratic states do not feel satisfied, so can we say that democracy actually works?

These are some of the questions that I will be dealing with in my forthcoming blogs concerning democracy.

Welcome to the Corporate Plutocracy

For the first time in human history corporations designed to service the people’s needs takes on a direct political role by becoming the ones that determine the course that the nation and its people will have to take.

Democracy that was designed to empower people has become impotent in the face of corporate political power and its ability to provide employment when and where the corporation’s interests were best served.

Now, corporate political power determines the economic situation of a nation. Corporate wealth also dictates the political decisions that the governments that need them will have to take in order to keep them providing jobs for their citizens.

Allowing corporate interests to dictate the national interests of nations puts the nation at the whim of the corporations that they need to maintain their very existence. We have now entered a corporate plutocracy in which the interests of corporations and money have become the national interests of the state and the interests of the people have been left to their religious institutions to deal with.

Can democracy exist within a corporate plutocracy? Or will corporate plutocracy be the end of democracy?  This needs to be discussed if the negative consequences are to be avoided. This is discussed in my book Cosmopoly.