The Limits of Democracy

By turning people into political factions, democracy forces people to agree with the rule of the majority even if it is against their own interests. This forces a collective compliance upon people without any form of compensation. This disempowers a whole group of people and essentially makes them democratic losers instead of democratic co-participants.

This collective compliance is also used to disempower the individual person by submerging him or her within larger identities that they would be made members of. This is done by forcing each person to define themselves as a member of the particular group that they have been identified with. These identity based groups would be politically represented by the elected representatives that represented them.

These democratic governments then collectively speak for all those that have been identified as their own, whether they wish it or not. This marginalizes the individual within a representative group’s political identity, which is one of the functions of democracy. This form of forced political sub-division has historically been the basis of all forms of human hierarchical organization. It has always resulted in developing disempowered societies that have misused the people’s good intentions and personal sacrifices.

Elected representative democracy is questionable at best.   True democracy is not simply the act of voting, it is the act of voting conducted between political equals. It is about coming to an acceptable conclusion that is agreed upon by all parties.

A democracy among people that are unequal is a contradiction in terms. Political inequality can never come to a natural consciousness because a conscience between unequal members is always an imposed conscience determined by the most influential of the group upon the others. For the less influential members of the group, elected representative democracy is only another way of disempowering them by forcing their compliance through the political process that makes them conform to the rules set by the more influential and powerful. This is because elected democracy does not work for the powerless, it really only works for the powerful.

Elected democracy actually limits the power of the minority by not allowing them to effectively participate in the decision-making process that ultimately affects their lives. So instead of empowering the individual, elected democracy actually disempowers any independent opinions and prevents them from developing. The elected democratic process politically marginalizes the individual person within a forest of collective decision making that submerges a person’s concerns in a sea of collective political marginalization.

This elected democratic disempowerment structure actually gives the average person the feeling that there is no reason to actively participate within the democratic process because it always turns out the same, which is in the interests of those in power and against the interests of those who are not. Within elected democracy, the interests of the political minority are only pursued when they are no longer minority interests and become majority interests instead.

Within elected democracy, the minority interest must become the interest of the majority before they are effectively dealt with.  Therefore, within elected democracy the individual will always be trumped by the will of the group they are associated with.  When elected democracy becomes the means that the majority uses to dictate its condition to the minority, it becomes tyranny. This is especially the case when it is directed towards the individual thinking person within society who is after all the ultimate minority within any society. (Within my system of Cosmopoly this would NOT be the case.  Click on Cosmopoly and find out more.)

The Fallacy of Representative Democracy

Representative democracy makes people politically subject to the decisions made by those political representatives that they have elected to represent them. Because representative democracies are still based on a hierarchical structure, the political results are always the same and they are to disempower the people and to empower those and their friends that politically represent them.

Actually political representatives don’t really represent their constituency’s individual interests, instead they politically centralize their constituencies’ individual political power through themselves as their political representatives. These elected political representatives then become society’s political powerbrokers whose main function becomes to maintain themselves in power even if that is at the expense of the constituency that elected them to power.

Democracy presents itself as a political process that begins with political representation. But political representation’s true function is to filter their constituency’s political power through themselves. Political representation marginalizes people’s political power by adsorbing it within itself. This results in transferring the political power of the people to their political representatives, which results in democratically limiting the peoples’ power.

By filtering their constituency’s personal political power through the political representation process, democracies are able to both disempower their people politically and politically empower their political representatives at the same time. This process allows political representatives to concentrate their constituencies’ collective political power into their own hands with their political approval. This political approval has allowed democratic governments to claim political legitimacy and sovereignty over their people as their political representatives.

Representative democracy is sold as a means for the people to have political representation within government, however, what it actually does is to create a political aristocracy in which political representatives, because they were elected, feel that they have the right to act in the name of the people that elected them whether they like it or not. This they believe gives them the right to dictate the course of action that their people will have to take.

Within the democratic state, the people’s political representative needs no further permission to act in their constituencies’ name. These politically empowered representatives are allowed to make all of their political constituencies’ decisions for them without their direct and personal participation or even prior approval, but for which the people will be held ultimately responsible. This gives political representatives the authority to act with impunity and to do as they please in the people’s name.

To get elected all that these political representatives have to do is to promise their voters whatever they want to hear regardless of whether they can deliver on their promises or not. This not only encourages political dishonesty, but it actually promotes it. The result is that instead of feeling empowered by their democratic political systems, people generally feel themselves politically disenfranchised by them. Democracy is the further disempowerment of the people but this time through democratic means. (Within my system of Cosmopoly this would not be the case.)

The Illusion Of Political Representation

While representational democracy allows for greater defacto political participation than the harsher political systems of the past, it still uses its political power to disempower its people politically, only this time in the name of democracy through the illusion of political representation.

Therefore, democracy as an empowerment concept is tenuous at best if at all.  It is further compromising because it is a size determined system that becomes less democratic the larger the voting population becomes, because the larger the number of voters represented within an election, the more it minimizes the real effect of each person’s individual vote.

Representative democracy’s large scale elections really act as a form of mass disempowerment in which the individual’s ability to personally affect the outcome of political events decreases as a voting group’s size increases.

The greater the amount of people that participate within a given democratic system, the more the people within it will be forced to develop into political factions in which individuality will be submerged within conformity, which is actually an anathema to the whole idea of democracy empowering the individual person.

This allows the system to disempower the individuals within it by submerging them within political identities that define who they are socially and politically. This has permitted each state to structure their own people into political factions that are capable of forcing desired democratic outcomes.

This actually minimizes the individual’s political participation by turning them into collective voting blocks that are much more manageable than individuals are because voting blocks are still based on consensus where everyone must agree on one thing at the expense of all the others.

But is voting as a political action really being democratic?  Or is a real democracy one where each person is asked to participate as an informed individual first and only then as a member of the various social affiliations they claim for themselves.

Or is real democracy really mainly a political ritual that we go through to help us get past our own sense of political alienation and feelings of disempowerment?

Life Learning School System

Schools need to be run more like the real world if students are to get a true understanding of the kind of environment that they will find themselves in. In the new type of school system I propose, the curriculum would be tailored to the needs of each student by instructing them in the subjects that they need while they are actively engaged in them.

The teachers would team-teach not only the subject material that needed to be imparted to the student but they would do it in conjunction with the activity that the student would be engaged in. The objective would be to allow each student to advance by developing their own interests at their own pace. Schools would be year-round and open-ended. Graduation would be confirmed when a student completed a required course of study which consisted of instruction and examination.

The core subjects like reading, writing, math, etc. would be applied to the various subjects that the student would be interested in learning about. Each subject that a student would choose to learn about would be used to link to other subjects that they would also have to know if they were to understand the subject that they were interested in.

This would allow students to build a course of instruction based on their interests leading to a diploma. Diplomas would require the completion of examinations in a set of core subjects that would define it. These diplomas would be varied according to the subjects that the student had successfully completed.

Economic Self-Management…

If students are to be made more accountable, then they should be able to interact with each other as they would in the real world. Students should be able to invest in each other within a school.

Students should be taught how to market themselves to the greater world. This instruction would start by marketing themselves to each other. Students would form school businesses that would be able to manage their schoolmates’ entrepreneurial actives. This would teach them budgeting, etc.  There could also be a school bank that would hold student accounts and would issue school currency.

Students should be able to sell their capabilities to one another, which would lead to a more supportive climate within schools. This would help students to develop an entrepreneurial approach to meeting each others school needs. The students with particular proficiencies would be able to sell their capabilities to those students that needed help in those subjects. The entire school would be able to invest in the school businesses that they felt showed the most promise.

The school could also sponsor school businesses designed to provide student goods and services to the wider community. This would allow students to invest as well as take a direct part in forming businesses that could then crossover into the larger economy with the graduates becoming their managers and employees.

This would also allow graduates to remain together after graduation and working in a business of their own making within their own communities.  This would provide the public with an indication of the capabilities of the students that were receiving diplomas.

Student Self-Governce…

The school would also form school legislature that would self-govern the activities of the students. The legislature would hold elections for school offices and manage the governance of the student body. The school government would represent the student body to the school administration.

The school government would manage the student services that the student body would provide to each other like tutoring, peer counseling etc. The school government would also help organize the student committees that would be formed to provide the various activities of the school.

School Courts…

Students would be taught to act as judges and juries as well as function as prosecutors and defense attorneys. They would learn how to make the laws that would govern the relationships between students civilly and economically. These school relationships would govern everything including the responsibilities that each student would have toward every other student that they would have a school relationship with.

This would also allow students to bring grievances by bringing issues of concern to the attention of the school court that would then make rulings on them based on their own laws.